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Mission to be Deployed ahead of Benin’s Presidential Runoff Poll, ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to deploy a squad of observers that will be monitoring the Benin’s presidential runoff poll that will kick start on Sunday. The Regional state organization released the statement.

However, according to the similar source, the set mission’s objective will be to make sure that there will be a smooth conduct of the electoral process and supporting Beninese population fulfil the long awaited democratic tradition.

"Observers will be deployed in all the 12 departments of the country to monitor all pre-electoral, electoral and post-electoral operations, and to compile a report on the conduct of the elections," the source said, adding that "the monitoring process will focus on transparency and fairness of the presidential elections."

The short-term mission will be comprised of 70 observers who include members of ECOWAS Panel of the Wise, ambassadors of ECOWAS member states, parliamentarians from the region as well as judges from the member states and they will be led by former Guinea Prime Minister Kabine Komara.

Just a day after elections, the statement pointed out, the ECOWAS observer’s mission will publish a statement and if necessary, they will give out recommendations to different parties that participated in elections.

Remember, the presidential runoff poll will be contested between current Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon who respectively came first and second during the first round of the presidential elections on March 13, 2016.

By Robert Muriisa.

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