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ECOWAS Mission to ensure credible Mali polls

21 November 2013, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - A mission of about 100 observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been deployed to Mali ahead of Parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday, it has been established.

According to documents obtained by this publication in Abuja, Professor Amos Claudius Sawyer, former President of Liberia’s Interim Government of National Unity, is leading the ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) to that country.

Member States, ECOWAS Ambassadors and Council of the Wise, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, among others, will be deployed to most of the country’s regions during the poll.

According to the statement, the capital city will serve as the operations centre for the mission before deployment across the country.  

“Bamako will serve as the operations centre for the mission, whose members would be adequately briefed before deployment across the country. The deployment by the President of the ECOWAS Commission Kadre Desire Ouedraogo is within the framework of relevant protocols empowering the Commission to assist Member States holding elections as a means of deepening democracy and good governance in the region,” read an ECOWAS statement.

The regional bloc said successful parliamentary election will mark the end of the political transition facilitated by ECOWAS and help the country consolidate peace, national healing and the process of national unity, reconstruction and recovery after the crises, which ECOWAS and international partners played a major part in resolving.

Following the return of relative peace characterized by the successful July/August presidential polls, which ECOWAS also monitored, the country’s ruling and opposition parties have formed political alliances to field more than 1 100 candidates for the 147-seat national Parliament.

According to the National Electoral Commission figures, 6, 5 million voters are registered to cast their ballots in more than 20 000 polling centres.

– CAJ News


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