ECOWAS Deploys election Observers to Liberia -More observers expected as time approaches

MONROVIA: As the ensuing general elections continue to attract interest from Liberia’s international partners, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced a 15 Long-term election observers (LTOs) to monitor key stages in the electoral process leading up to the October 10, 2023 general election. strong The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, has approved the deployment of 15 Long-term Election Observers (LTOs) to monitor key stages in the electoral process leading up to the country’s general elections on 10th October 2023.

According to a press statement issued by the regional body September 11, 2023 and posted on the institution’s website, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, approved the deployment and “it is consistent with provisions of Articles 12 to 14 of the 2001 ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance on assistance”

The release said the Long-term Observation Mission (LTOM), headed by Mr. Serigne Mamadou KA, Ag. Head of the Electoral Assistance Division, comprises experts in election administration, gender and civil society, constitutional law, security, and the media and that “the LTO Mission will be in the country until 15th October 2023, to observe the electoral processes and also serve as an early warning mechanism for preventive diplomacy”.

‘During their stay, the electoral experts will hold working sessions with various stakeholders, including the National Elections Commission (NEC), government, civil society organizations, the media, security agencies,  as well as political parties and candidates, toward ensuring a smooth electoral process’.

“The ECOWAS LTOs will be reinforced on 3rd October by 80 of their Short-Term colleagues) drawn from the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, ECOWAS Parliament, and Community Court of Justice, member States’ foreign ministries, electoral management bodies, as well as civil society organizations”, the release further stated..

The combined observation Mission, to be led by Prof Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria will be deployed across Liberia’s 15 Counties including the national capital, Monrovia.

The Mission will issue a Preliminary Declaration within 48 hours after the elections, to be followed by a detailed Final Report on its observations.

The announcement of the ECOWAS team coincided with that of the European Union which just few days ago said some of the observers had arrive and will be augmented by additional personnel as the date for the election draws by.

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    “The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced a 15 Long-term election observers (LTOs) to monitor key stages in the electoral process leading up to the October 10, 2023 general election“, BUT ACCORDING TO ANOTHER NEWS OUTLET (FPA) THE “EU OBSERVERS HAVE COME TO OVERSEE THE ELECTIONS.“

    West Africans can “monitor“ while Europeans “oversee“ elections within our own jurisdiction and sovereignty???

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