ECOWAS leaders welcome ‘consolidation of democracy’, Chair hopes for ‘satisfactory’ elections in 2016

By Sanna Camara

West African leaders welcome the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS bloc in 2015, and Senegalese President and Chairman of the Conference of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS has expressed belief that the five ECOWAS member states that will hold elections in 2016 will give many, grounds for satisfaction and pride.

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In his address at the opening of the 48th ordinary session, yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, Macky Sall indicated that the success of the electoral processes in Nigeria, Togo, Guinea, Côte d’ Ivoire and Burkina Faso demonstrates the aspirations of the community of ECOWAS to the universal principle of democracy under which the legitimacy of power emanates from the free consent of the citizens.

The Chair welcomed the consolidation of the democratic anchorage in West Africa, with the holding, this year of elections certified free and transparent in those member states, and hopes that the five ECOWAS member states that will hold elections in 2016 will give many, grounds for satisfaction and pride.

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