West African High Courts On Electoral Disputes -Conference Opens in Cotonou, Liberia in Attendance

A major conference on electoral disputes in Africa is taking place in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin, bringing together a horde of government officials from the West African sub-region representing electoral management bodies and high courts.

The Vice President of the Republic of Benin, Madam Mariam Chabi Talata, officially declared open the first meeting of the West African High Courts for electoral disputes.

Liberia is being represented at the Cotonou’s meeting by the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Sienynen Youh.

In her opening address, the Vice President of Benin, Madam Mariam Chabi Talata, observed that Africa is not alone when it comes to electoral violence. Madam Talata urged the need to strengthen internal assessment of institutions to mitigate the many challenges emulating from the conduct of elections, and to provide the necessary tools to correct mistakes that occur in systems and mechanisms to support transparency, credibility and integrity of electoral processes.

A dispatch from Cotonou reports that the Beninese Vice President  urged participants on the promotion of unity and patriotism amongst regional leaders and their institutions by learning together, facing challenges together, considering the aspirations of the people and the maintenance of Sub-regional, African perspective and democracy.According to an NEC-Liberia dispatch from Co

tonou, over 300 delegates of high-ranking government Ministers of Benin, members of parliament, and the judiciary, including those from the Sub-region and the president and members of the ECOWAS Network of Election Commissions (ECONEC) are attending the first high courts meeting.

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