NEC Boss Off To Nigeria -For ECOWAS Pre-election Fact finding Mission

MONROVIA – The Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah departed Liberia for Nigeria on the invitation of the ECOWAS Commission on an ECOWAS Pre-Election Fact Finding Mission which is being held from 21 October to 12 November, 2022.

According to a press release from the electoral body and signed by Prince Dunbar, Deputy Director of Communications, the Fact Finding Mission is in line with the Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (2001) which provides for ECOWAS assistance to member states organizing elections.

The release said the objective of the mission, among other things, is to collect all the legal texts governing the conduct of the General Elections in Nigeria, collect information on the conditions under which the elections shall be conducted, gather all pertinent information regarding the candidates and political parties involved in the contest, meet the candidates, political party leaders, government officials and other relevant stakeholders, among others.

Former Head of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Ghan is the head of the delegation. Other members of the delegation are Mohammed K. Konneh, Chief Electoral Officer, NEC Sierra Leone, Dr. Remi Ajibewa, Director, Political Affairs, ECOWAS and Dr. Francis Gabriel Oke, PPO, EAD, ECOWAS, among others

The Mission has traveled to a number of States in Nigeria including, Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, River State and held discussions with major electoral stakeholders of the 2023 Elections in Nigeria. The stakeholders include Civil Society Organizations, Political Parties, Security Institutions, the Media, the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) among others to ascertain facts around preparedness for and Security for the Nigerian Elections, scheduled for February 25, 2023.

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