ECOWAS Provides Financial Support for Legislative Elections in Guinea-Bissau

The ECOWAS Commission has provided financial support for the successful conduct of the legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau.

The Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, disclosed that the commission spent about $712,000 to ensure the success of the election. $500,000 of the amount was provided as support for the National Electoral Commission (CNE), with another $92,000 provided to the ECOWAS stabilization force deployed to the country to enable it to secure the electoral process.

In addition, the commission provided another $120,000 to offset the outstanding obligations to party agents to prevent them from carrying out a threat to boycott the election over the arrears owed them. Mr. Fonseca commended the 893,618 voters, comprising 434,009 men and 459,609 women, for their massive turnout and comportment, which contributed to the peaceful and successful conduct of the election and characterized by substantial compliance with the country’s electoral laws.

The legislative elections took place on Sunday, 4th June 2023, into Guinea-Bissau’s 120 National People’s Assembly.

The financial support provided by ECOWAS was instrumental in ensuring the success of the election, which was characterized by a peaceful and transparent process.

The commission’s support for the National Electoral Commission and the deployment of a stabilization force helped to secure the electoral process and prevent any form of violence or electoral malpractice

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