ECOWAS observation mission in Benin to oversee election

Long-term election observation mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to be in Benin on Monday to supervise the upcoming presidential election later this month, an official told Xinhua.


Francis Oke, chief of electoral assistance division with ECOWAS commission, said the mission is to be deployed pursuant to the community supplementary protocol on democracy and good governance.

“The mission is mainly purposed to make sure of the proper conduct of the electoral process for free, transparent and credible presidential election in the West African country”, he said.

“In the first instance, it will comprise about fifteen specialists in gender, constitutional law, communication, peace kipping and security”, Oke added.

He said about a hundred observers will reinforce the team and be deployed in all the regions of the country.
“They will monitor pre-electoral, electoral and post-electoral operations and have their say on the conduct of the process”, he said.

About 4.7 million voters, including 43,811 people living abroad, will cast their votes to elect among 36 candidates, in the first round of the presidential election, a new president for Benin on Feb. 28.

The elect president will succeed to the incumbent President Boni Yayi who will end his term on April 6. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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