Monday, March 28, 2011

ECOWAS Commission on recent violent incidents in Benin

Transformation of the AU Commission into an authority
 The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its satisfaction with the efforts made recently by the Benin Authorities, institutions in charge of the organization of elections and all other stakeholders in the country’s presidential election, in ensuring a smooth and exemplary voting in a peaceful, fair and transparent electoral contest.

However, the Commission is compelled to express deep concern over the escalating tensions in some parts of the country after the announcement of the provisional results by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The Commission would therefore appeal to all presidential candidates and their followers to be gracious enough to abide by the results of the election and to direct all complaints through constitutional channels for immediate consideration.   
The Commission wishes also to exhort leaders of the main political parties to do all in their power to resist the temptation to incite their followers into actions that could undermine the integrity of the electoral process.
In this regard, the ECOWAS Commission calls on the entire political leadership of Benin to put the greater interest of the country above partisan and personal interests in order to preserve tolerance, peace and the traditional reputation of Benin as a mature and friendly democracy. Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Transformation of the AU Commission into an authority
African legal Experts have concluded considering the process of the transformation of the African Union Commission (AUC) into the African Union Authority in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Headquarters of the AU from 14 to 22 March 2011.
The 4th meeting of Governments Experts has been requested by the AU Assembly to consider and finalize the legal instruments on the transformation for submission to the 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly in June 2011, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The transformation is aimed at strengthening the institutional framework of the AU to accelerate the economic and political integration of the continent. Source: AUC

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