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ECOWAS endorses Guinea poll

21 October 2013, 13:02

Abuja - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission noted with “satisfaction” the release of the provisional results of the legislative elections Guinea held at the end of September.

The regional organisation said the conclusion of these elections marks the conclusion of the transitional process facilitated by ECOWAS and the rest of the international community.

The Commission congratulated the President, the Government, and people of Guinea for the political will and determination to restore full constitutional order in the country.

“It also commends the other stakeholders, in particular, the National Transitional Council, the political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Civil Society and the media for their commitment to the promotion of democratic culture in the country,” it noted.

The commission added that “the holding of the legislative elections paves the way for the Government and the people of Guinea to turn their attention to the urgent task of national reconciliation and reconstruction. In this regard, the newly elected National Assembly would serve as a legitimate platform to all the political stakeholders for deliberations on all matters regarding the country’s future.”

It expressed its appreciation to the College of Facilitators led by Ambassador Said Djinnit, the UN Special Representative for West Africa, and the follow-up Committee on the 3 July Agreement for their mediation efforts leading up to the elections.

The ECOWAS Commission reiterated its commitment to assist Guinea in its efforts to promote national unity and development.

 “The Commission appeals to all the political stakeholders to continue to give preference to the use consultation and dialogue, as well as legal means, for the peaceful resolution of any disputes emanating from the process.”

– CAJ News


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