2015 Elections in ECOWAS

In deference to its Protocol on Good Governance and Democracy, ECOWAS has oversight responsibilities for the electoral processes in the West African region. For the year 2015, elections are holding in five states-Nigeria, Togo, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. And for all of the elections, ECOWAS sends both short and long term Observer Missions to assess the exercises.

 The mandate of the Missions is to ensure impartiality, transparency credibility of the processes. It is also charged with the task of assessing the performance of the main actors of the election, looking at the degree of civic education among other indicators while helping to create an atmosphere of public trust.

In all, the Missions observe the electoral processes and make valuable recommendations for the good of the countries and the region as a whole.

GENERAL PROCESS AND DEPARTEMENTS INVOLVED

Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Early warning and Communication

DESIGNATION OF THE OBSERVERS AND TRAINING

Training to enable impartial observation was carried out through briefings. There were hands on demonstrations on the use of phones as the most handy way to report. Feedbacks accomplished via email.

Observations were sent to: www.electionmonitoring.ecowas.int.

ECOWAS IN THE 2015/2016 ELECTIONS PROCESS IN THE SUB REGION

(click on each country for details)

  2015

Nigeria

March, 28th, 2015

Togo

April, 25th 2015

Côte d’Ivoire

 October, 25th 2015

Guinea

11th october 20115

Burkina Faso

29th Nov. 2015

       2016

Niger

1st round February 21th, 2016

and 2nd round March, 20th, 2016

Benin

March 6th, 2016 and 2nd round March, 20th, 2016

Cabo Verde

2nd october 2016

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