Presidential Election: Team from ECOWAS, AU & UN Head to Ivory Coast
A joint ECOWAS – African Union – United Nations preventive diplomacy mission will stay from October 04 to 06, 2020 in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire as part of the presidential election of October 31, 2020.
Led by Her Excellency Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana and President of the Council of Ministers of ECOWAS, it is composed of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in West Africa and the Sahel, the Commissioners in charge of Political Affairs of ECOWAS and the African Union and the Executive Secretary of the Council of the Entente.
This mission is in line with the ECOWAS Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security and with its Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
This preventive diplomacy approach, along the same lines as that carried out by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in West Africa and the Sahel in September 2020, aims to consolidate and amplify the achievements.
It also aims to make recommendations to the Ivorian authorities and political actors aimed at enabling an inclusive, transparent and credible election.
During its stay, the joint mission will have meetings with members of the Government involved in the organization of the presidential election, the heads of the institutions responsible for its organization, as well as with the candidates selected to participate and the Officials of political parties.
She also planned to meet members of civil society organizations and international NGOs working in the field of democracy and good governance as well as diplomats (African Group, permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council , European Union, etc.).