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ECOWAS Parliament’s high-level meeting will focus on reforming region’s electoral process – Speaker

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ECOWAS Parliament’s high-level meeting will focus on reforming region’s electoral process – Speaker

… ..Develop a proposal to Heads of State on electoral reforms

By Lizzy Okoji

The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Sidie Tunis, said that the Parliament will hold a highlevel meeting in Winneba, Ghana, to propose positive electoral reforms for the presidents of ECOWAS.

Tunis revealed this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday ahead of the high-level meeting and extraordinary session to be held from October 12 to 22.

reports that the high-level meeting is themed: “Two Decades of Democratic Elections in ECOWAS Member States: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects”.

According to Tunis, the high-level meeting of ECOWAS parliamentarians seeks to propose solutions to the political instability in the sub-region – a situation that has arisen from electoral inconsistencies in some member states.

He said parliament was urgently taking action to deter other countries from following the line of Mali and Guinea after the military takeover of the two countries.

“From the high-level meeting, we hope to come up with concrete proposals for the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS to see how we can best make recommendations for electoral reforms in the states. members.

“Considering that most of the challenges that have caused political instability over the past two years, particularly in Mali and Guinea, all stem from electoral inconsistencies, we hope that the ECOWAS Parliament will chart a new road map. for the electoral process, peace and stability. of the sub-region.

“Basically, we will look at the electoral process of member states over the past 20 years and (examine) how to strengthen it.

“We will also look at the observation missions to see if they went very well and how they can improve as well,” Tunis said.

Also reports that President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who is the chairman of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Authority, is expected to attend the meeting.

The high-level seminar will be held from 12 to 15 October and will be followed by the second extraordinary session of the Parliament from 18 to 22 October.

The extraordinary session of the Parliament will focus on the examination and adoption of the draft budget of the Community Parliament for the financial year 2022.

Source: NAN

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