ECOWAS welcomes observers to Benin presidential polls

Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission on Friday commended the sub-regional organization's mobilization for Benin's March 6 presidential polls and welcomed the track record of the observers deployed.


“It is a great pride for us to see you here for the supervision of this election,” the former Guinea Prime Minister Kabine Komara said in a release.

ECOWAS “Moreover, ECOWAS is the institution which has on the ground the largest number of observers, 132 in total. It is the evidence of the commitment of this institution to this region,” he added.

Komara called on observers to be up the trust ECOWAS has placed in them and to conform to election observation principles in full respect of Benin law and observer code of conduct.

Ecowas mission comprises, among other professionals, experts of election management bodies, civil societies, security, gender, electoral operations, constitutional law and communication.

On the occasion, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleimatu hailed Benin’s efforts to preserve national stability and for having organized consecutively five democratic elections.

“On March 6, presidential election in Benin will mark the start of a new phase regarding the exertion of the country towards democratic values strengthening”, she said.

Suleimatu added that the large number of candidates, 33 in total, is the evidence that the contest is open.
The coming presidential election is the sixth to be held in Benin, since the advent in February 1990 of the democratic renewal in the West African country.

About 4.7 million Beninese voters will cast their votes on the first round of the presidential election scheduled to 6 March.

They will elect the successor to the incumbent head of State Boni Yayi whose term is to end on April 6, 2016. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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