- John Dramani Mahama has been chosen to lead the ECOWAS mission to supervise the Liberian election
- The choice of the former president follows his recent supervision of the Kenyan elections
Ex-president, John Dramani Mahama has been nominated to lead the ECOWAS Observer Mission in Liberia ahead of the country’s crucial elections on the 10th of October.
What this means is that John Dramani Mahama is expected to observe the conduct of the election to help appreciate if it is free and fair or rigged.
Spokesperson for the former president, Joyce Bawa, has stated that the choice for Mahama as head of the ECOWAS Observer Mission is mainly due to his endless commitment to ensuring political stability in the African sub-region.
According to her, “His tenure as Chair saw the quick handling of various sub-regional crises including the Burkinabe Political turmoil, the election dispute in Togo and the outbreak of Ebola in three West African countries including Liberia. Since leaving Office in January, President Mahama has been helping to entrench democracy and stability in Africa. He has also been working with the African Development Bank to help improve agriculture,” the statement added.
The choice for John Mahama follows bouts of mockery he suffered on social media after the Kenyan elections – which he was the head of Commonwealth Observer Mission – was overruled by the country’s Supreme Court.
This development saw various political critics question the integrity of Mahama especially when he had publicly argued that the elections were free and fair without any irregularities.
But even as millions of Liberians head for the polls on October 10, three things that mostly could determine their choice of a president would be the issue of corruption, unemployment and the state of the economy especially when more than half of the Liberian population – according to recent World Bank figures – are below the poverty line.
The incumbent president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president — is ineligible to run this time because she has exhausted the limits on the constitutionally mandated term with 20 candidates vying to be president and over a thousand candidates representing 26 political parties contesting for the legislative slots and 20 candidates vying to replace the incumbent president.
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