After a keen contest, Nigeria’s representative and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday emerged President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC).
In the election held during a meeting of the ECOWAS electoral commissions, Yakubu garnered 10 votes to defeat Guinean representative who got four votes.
The Republic of Benin and Guinea Bissau emerged first and second vice-presidents respectively, while Burkina Faso clinched the position of treasurer.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, he said the election of Yakubu followed two days of intensive deliberations on how to deepen the conduct of free, transparent and credible elections and by extension strengthen democracy in the sub-region.
According to Oyekamni, the three-day meeting, which began on March 27 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin focused on constitutional and legal frameworks, civic and voter registration, register of voters, electoral logistics, results collation and transmission and technological innovations among others.
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