• February 26, 2023

ECOWAS Ends Observation Mandate, ‘Preventive Diplomacy’ Kicks In

ECOWAS Ends Observation Mandate, ‘Preventive Diplomacy’ Kicks In
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ECOWAS Ends Observation Mandate, ‘Preventive Diplomacy’ Kicks In
Sheriff Mahmud Ismail
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’ mandate of elections observation ended after polling day on Saturday and its “Preventive Diplomacy” component kicks in.
This means that the ECOWAS mission headed by the former president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, along with his assistant, Ghana’s former High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb Baba Kamara, will henceforth focus its efforts on promoting dialogue, encourage adherence to the procedures relating to the official declaration of elections results. Where so required, the Mission will mediate, negotiate any disagreements that may emerge.
The ECOWAS mission heads will be assisted in this important task by the President and vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Umar Alieu Touray, Mrs Damtien Tchintchibioja, as well as the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace & Security, Amb. DR Abdel- Fatau Musah. Together, the leaders will collaborate with the heads of other international elections observation missions, former Nigerian heads of states, civil society, the international community among others.
“Political disputes, if and when they occur must be resolved in the courts rather than on the streets; ECOWAS will remain steadfast and will collaborate with other stakeholders in our collective efforts to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition in Nigeria,” said former President Koroma.
Every stakeholder is
keen on contributing to a peaceful, stronger and more prosperous Nigeria post elections.
Abuja, February 26. 2023

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