The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed Ghana’s former Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson Charlotte Osei as deputy head of the sub-regional body’s pre-election mission to Nigeria.
The former EC boss was relieved of her position earlier this year by President Nana Akufo-Addo. Among the issues that were cited for her dismissal was Osei's poor working relationship with her deputies.
But Starrfmonline.com has reported that Osei has been chosen by the ECOWAS to deputise for Mohammed N’fah Alie Conteh, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone.
The team will stay in Nigeria between 1st and 15 November monitoring whether Nigerian authorities are observing electoral rules of engagement.
Osei and the rest of the team will meet with all the stakeholders involve in the electoral process, including candidates, media, leaders of political parties, administrative and electoral authorities.
The ECOWAS mission will also visit some key cities around Nigeria outside of the capital city Abuja.Nigeria which is the biggest economy in West Africa goes to the polls in February, 2019.
This would not be the first international recognition coming the way of the former EC boss after the elections of 2016.
She was nominated for ensuring a peaceful and transparent electoral process in Ghana in December 2016, further consolidating Ghana’s 24-year long democratic journey.
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