29 October 2012

Togo: Electoral Commission Sworn In

14 members of the Country's new independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been sworn in by the Togo Constitutional court presided over by Justice Abdou Assouma oversee Togo's local and legislative elections scheduled to take place before the end the year.

Provisions of Togo's electoral code legally entitle the country's parliamentary political parties, including the governing majority group, civil societies and extra parliamentary parties to be represented on the 17-member commission.

The 17-member commission is made up of the governing majority party, opposition political parties and civil society organisations as dictated in the country's electoral code.

It is worthy to note that, most of the members of the new INEC sworn-in had served in other previous electoral commissions which organized the 2007 legislative and 2010 presidential elections hailed by ECOWAS, AU, and the European Union as "free, fair and credible".

The newly commissioned members swore the oath "to loyally carry out our electoral functions with impartiality, honesty and objectivity in the national interest".

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