Head of Election Observation Mission of ECOWAS and former Interim President of Liberia, Amos Sawyer, urged the people of Niger to ensure the organisation of transparent and peaceful elections.
The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Amos Sawyer (in blue jacket in the middle)
The Head of the short-term Election Observation Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Sunday 21 February 2016’s legislative and presidential elections in Niger, former Interim President of the Government of National Unity of Liberia, Amos Sawyer, urged the people of Niger to ensure the organisation of transparent and peaceful elections.
Speaking on Thursday 18 February 2016 in Niamey, Niger, at the briefing of ECOWAS observers deployed for the twin elections, Amos Sawyer called on the population, political party leaders including their supporters and followers, as well as other Nigerien stakeholders to ensure that these elections mark the starting point for a new process of ensuring the well-being of the people of Niger.
He drew the attention of the people of Niger to the fact that ECOWAS citizens live in the same region, and as a result, whatever happens to a Member State undoubtedly affects others. To that end, he pleaded with them to avoid any act of violence in the run-up to these legislative and presidential elections.
«I know this better because as a Liberian, ECOWAS was very supportive of us during the process for the consolidation of peace and democracy in Liberia», noted Amos Sawyer.
For their part, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, and the Director of Political Affairs, Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman and Dr. Remi Ajibewa respectively, provided a background to the political situation in Niger since the coup d’état that toppled former President Mamadou Tandja till the accession to power in 2011 of the current Head of State, Mahamadou Issoufou.
They commended the different stakeholders involved in the organisation of these twin elections, particularly the population, the various political and state actors, civil society and the Nigerien media as well as the International Community for their efforts and commitment to ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections.
They called on candidates in the presidential and legislative elections, political party leaders as well as their supporters and followers to ensure that the twin elections take place in peace, tranquility, serenity and national cohesion.
«The 21 February 2016 elections are key and crucial for the consolidation of democracy and meeting the expectations of the people of Niger», opined Dr. Remi Ajibewa.
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