The Point (Banjul)

West Africa: ECOWAS Leaders Restate Commitment to Democracy and Good Governance

ECOWAS leaders meeting in Accra, Ghana, on 10 July 2014 for their 45th ordinary session reminded themselves of the commitment of ECOWAS member states to the practice of democracy and good governance.

The Gambia was represented at the mid-year ECOWAS summit by the Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy.

The final communiqué issued at the end of the summit meeting said "the heads of state and government note with satisfaction, the progress recorded in the process of democratic consolidation and stability in the member states, which climaxed in the successful swearing-in of the democratically-elected President of Guinea Bissau, José Mário Vaz, on 23 June 2014".

The communiqué added: "In this regard, they take note of the commitment of the Community to the value and practice of democracy and good governance, which progressively deepened the democratic culture in the member states and ensured that all the ECOWAS member states are now governed by democratically-elected Governments".

It went on: "In the light of the above and in view of the critical presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 2015 in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria and Togo, the Authority reiterates its commitment to ensuring that the processes preceding, and the actual conduct of these elections are free, fair and credible, in line with the Constitutional Convergence and Democratic Elections Principles of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (2001) and in accordance with internationally-acceptable standards".

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