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  • ECONEC presents findings of study on cost of elections
    11 april 2018 13:48:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three consultants commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) to conduct a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, presented their findings to the on-going Abuja International Conference on Wednesday, with the Lead Consultant, Prof. Adele Jinadu, advocating that elections should be considered as an investment with social benefits that will engender democracy and economic development. Full text...

  • ECONEC President urges appropriate, cost effective use of technology in elections
    09 april 2018 19:07:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for “appropriate and cost-effective” use of technology to boost public confidence in the electoral process and for the protection of the sanctity and integrity of the ballot. Full text...

  • ECONEC board meets ahead of Abuja int'l conference on use of technology in elections
    08 april 2018 19:19:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) held its second governing board meeting on Saturday, in Abuja, Nigeria, presided over by its President, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to agree on the accelerated implementation of the body’s activities and action plan, ahead of a three-day International Conference opening on Monday, on the "Opportunities and Challenges in the use of Technology in Elections". Full text...

  • ECOWAS election observation chief calls for peaceful vote in Sierra Leone
    28 march 2018 15:43:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS Observation Mission, has appealed to Sierra Leoneans to persevere through successful completion of the crucial electoral process as they go to the polls on 31 March to elect the country’s fifth president. Full text...

  • Buhari says ECOWAS must run leaner, smarter organisation by cutting costs
    02 march 2018 19:44:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Friday that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must run a leaner and smarter organisation by cutting costs and becoming more efficient to achieve the objectives of the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends election observers to Sierra Leone for 7 March vote
    25 february 2018 07:32:07
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - An ECOWAS Mission of 15 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) is in Sierra Leone for the country’s 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • ECONEC launches study on cost of elections in West Africa
    01 february 2018 16:55:20
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja on Thursday launched a study on Cost of Elections as part of its initiative to encourage reduction of electoral expenses in West Africa. Full text...

  • ECONEC salutes Liberia elections commission for successful poll
    22 january 2018 19:26:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), the umbrella body of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in West Africa, has congratulated the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia for delivering successful and credible elections and paving way for the peaceful transfer of political power in the country. Full text...

  • Ex-Ghanaian leader hails Liberia's presidential runoff polls
    29 december 2017 13:19:30
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s former President John Mahama, who headed the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, has congratulated Liberians for the successful 26 December presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges fairness, openness, transparency in final stage of Liberia’s runoff poll
    27 december 2017 19:58:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) on Wednesday urged Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) to approach the concluding phases of Tuesday’s runoff between two leading candidates with fairness, openness and transparency until the proclamation of results. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to assume ECOWAS chairmanship March 2018
    19 december 2017 18:49:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have awarded the post of Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission to Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECONEC moves to reduce cost of elections in West Africa
    14 december 2017 17:32:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is taking steps to Full text...

  • Sierra Leone set to defy ECOWAS court ruling
    27 november 2017 18:59:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone has said it would not comply with the latest ruling of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on sacked Vice President Sam Sumana's case against the government. Full text...

  • Tunisia to be invited to accept ECOWAS membership, official says
    23 november 2017 10:07:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - As the north African state of Tunisia sets its sights on joining the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), it has announced that it will be invited to accept its membership at its summit in the Togolese captial, Lome, in December.Full text...

  • Buhari says current political challenge in Liberia will be resolved constitutionally
    21 november 2017 18:48:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberia's current political challenge will be resolved constitutionally, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday when he received the President of Togo and current chairman of ECOWAS, Mr Faure Gnassingbe, in Abuja.Full text...

  • Over 40 ECOWAS peacekeepers drill in laws of war
    21 november 2017 18:18:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - More than 40 members of the Economic Community of West African States-Standby Force (ECOWAS-SF) are undergoing a five-day training course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and rules of law enforcement in armed conflict. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns violent demonstrations in Togo
    25 october 2017 12:38:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Ongoing demonstrations in Togo must be done peacefully, otherwise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has will not hesitate to react vigorously on the situation, leaders of the regional grouping warned on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria not ready for single currency in West Africa
    24 october 2017 17:30:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020.Full text...

  • Mali: Regional conference on security in West Africa to open Thursday in Bamako
    11 october 2017 14:26:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A regional conference, devoted to the security situation in West Africa and the Sahelian region, opens on Thursday in Bamako, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Liberia: Political stakeholders charged on peaceful vote in Liberia
    05 october 2017 19:59:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has appealed to all political stakeholders, especially political parties, candidates and the media to act within the law to ensure peaceful presidential and legislative elections in the country on October 10. Full text...

  • Liberia: Ex-Ghanaian leader heads ECOWAS election Observer Mission to Liberia
    05 october 2017 15:58:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama, at the head of a 71-member Election Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived in Liberia Thursday to observe the presidential and legislative polls, set for 10 October. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ECOWAS chief urges protection of CFA franc
    02 october 2017 18:56:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President Marcel de Souza on Monday described the CFA franc as an island to be preserved within the regional economic union of 15 countries.Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS poll observers watch last round of Liberia's presidential debate
    27 september 2017 12:09:55
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) In continuation of their assessment of the processes leading up to Liberia’s 10 October presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS Observers had the opportunity of watching the second and final round of the country’s Presidential Debate organised Media rights group, Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), in Monrovia on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC Long-Term Observers arrive for Liberia polls
    19 september 2017 07:47:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Some 21 regional Long-Term Election Observers (LTOs) have arrived in Monrovia for deployment by the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS ministerial council examines roadmap to common currency
    14 september 2017 19:04:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday started its 10th statutory meeting In Bamako, Mali, on the macroeconomic performance of member states for 2016 under the presidency of Malian Minister of Economy and Finance, Boubou Cissé.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Long-term Election Observers end training in Accra
    17 august 2017 17:24:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Another set of 20 regional experts has successfully completed an intensive training on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS holds workshop for long-term election observers
    13 august 2017 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than 20 regional experts in political affairs, gender, the media, civil society and development issues, began an intensive training in Accra on Sunday to deepen their knowledge on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECONET launches media tools for visibility
    11 august 2017 15:38:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its effort to generate greater awareness on its mandate to promote fair and credible elections in West Africa, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), RESAO in French and Portuguese, has launched its new website along with other social media outreach tools. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief wants better data sharing mechanism for migration management
    05 august 2017 11:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the trans-national holistic approach aimed at dealing with the problems associated with migration, irregular migration and border management issues, the ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza, has drawn attention to the necessity of setting up a regional data sharing mechanism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-Malaria intervention inventors want their products available, affordable to ECOWAS citizens
    29 july 2017 15:28:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two inventors of anti-malarial interventions are exploring the idea of making their products available and affordable to ECOWAS citizens and by extension, to Africans in general. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS body to study impact of power reforms in Member States
    29 july 2017 15:02:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ERERA, the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) and regulator of regional cross-border trade in electricity in West Africa, says it will soon begin a study on the economic, financial and technical impact of the unbundling of the electricity sector in some ECOWAS Member States, which have carried out power sector reforms. Full text...

  • Liberia: President Johnson-Sirleaf reassures ECONEC, ECOWAS on Liberia’s October vote
    20 july 2017 17:43:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reassured visiting delegations of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the ECOWAS Commission of her government’s unwavering commitment to delivering credible and peaceful elections in the country in October to end her two-term tenure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Board of ECOWAS electoral bodies meets in Nigeria
    05 july 2017 09:12:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) will hold a two-day session in Abuja from 6-7 July 2017 ahead of its Needs Assessment and Solidarity Missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia, which are due to hold crucial elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS Commission to honour 20 deserving African Companies, individuals
    30 june 2017 13:57:36
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The maiden edition of the ECOWAS Quality Awards will be given on Friday, 30 June, 2017, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to deserving companies and individuals. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS committed to consolidate development, democratization in Gambia
    23 june 2017 16:42:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President in The Gambia on Friday reiterated the commitment of the regional block in its efforts to consolidate development and democratization in the country.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo urges ECOWAS, WAHO to address burden of communicable diseases in West Africa
    18 june 2017 09:07:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to channel their efforts towards the reduction in the burden of communicable diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Retired Nigeria diplomats resist attempts to admit Morocco into ECOWAS
    15 june 2017 08:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to resist any attempt by other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to admit Morocco into the regional body, the local Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, World Bank partner on investment climate scorecard
    15 june 2017 08:17:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the World Bank have launched the ECOWAS Investment climate scorecard which aims to unlock investment opportunities and deepen regional integration in West Africa.Full text...

  • Botswana: ECOWAS judiciary women honour Botswana’s President
    28 april 2017 10:03:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President has received an accolade from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice Women Forum. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission commends Gambians for peaceful parliamentary polls
    08 april 2017 08:20:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has praised Gambians for their peaceful conduct and high sense of patriotism as well as the professionalism exhibited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its agents during the country’s 6 April, 2017, National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Benin: Nigeria heads new board of ECOWAS election management network
    29 march 2017 18:23:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been elected President of the new five-member Board of the 15-nation ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for the next two years. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS chief calls for strengthening of electoral systems in sub-region
    27 march 2017 19:16:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Marcel M. de Souza on Monday in Cotonou charged participants at an international workshop reviewing 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa to come up with a Cotonou Declaration for the improvement of the quality of electoral assistance to its member States. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari endorses treaty on Abidjan-Lagos highway
    14 march 2017 19:26:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday signed the instrument of ratification of the treaty on the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor by the governments of Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS partners UN, others to improve election observation mechanism
    09 march 2017 11:19:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is collaborating with the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States (LAS) in the utilisation of Needs Assessment Missions and latest Information Technology (IT) tools to strengthen the integrity of election observation for the deepening of democratic practice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'ECOWAS leaders will enforce result of Gambian presidential election'
    18 december 2016 04:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Authority of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) says it will enforce the result of The Gambia presidential election on 1 December which saw Mr. Adama Barrow emerging as the president-elect.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls on ECOWAS to focus on improving lives of citizens
    17 december 2016 16:28:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to cut the organisation's administration costs in all its institutions and focus on programmes aimed at enhancing and affecting the lives of the citizens positively.Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to deploy observers for 7 December general elections in Ghana
    04 december 2016 17:19:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former Interim President of Liberia’s Government of National Unity, Prof. Amos Sawyer, will lead the ECOWAS short-term observer mission for the presidential and legislative elections in Ghana, slated for Wednesday, 7 December, 2016, the ECOWAS media outlet indicated here Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chair on 2-day official visit to ECOWAS Institutions
    04 december 2016 17:05:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Liberian President and Chair of Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, begins a 2-day official visit to the ECOWAS Institutions in Abuja, Nigeria according to the ECOWAS media outlet. Full text...

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