Saraki tasks ECOWAS body on transparent elections

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The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), to ensure that credible elections are conducted in the sub-region at all times.

He told the leadership of the group, which visited him in Abuja on Thursday that it should leave no stone unturned in ensuring that polls in the sub-region reflected the genuine wishes of the people.

Saraki said the expectations of the Senate was that ECONEC would foster electoral processes that met international best practices and could be exported to other regions and continents.

“I think that is an area we hope that ECONEC will be able to achieve.

“As you rightly said, two major elections are coming up in Liberia and Sierra Leone and I hope that the ECONEC will be able to achieve some results that we will all be very proud of,” he said.

He noted that since credible elections were panacea to stability and good governance, the role of ECONEC was crucial to the political stability of the sub-region.

“You can be assured that the Senate will give all the support that will enable you to perform and be truly independent and that the elections you conduct are credible.

“We know the challenges but you should be assured that we will continue to give you all the support to make that happen.

“We will continue to support with legislations, funding and whatever is required to make sure you are successful,” Saraki said.

Earlier, President of ECONEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had said the body was established in 2008, in response to the commitment by ECOWAS leaders to conduct credible, free, fair and peaceful elections in the sub-region.

Yakubu, who is the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), assured that ECONEC would ensure that polls in the sub-region are consistent with international best practices for strengthening democratic processes and good governance.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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