Wednesday, September 09, 2015

WACSOF tasks ECOWAS on terms limits in West Africa

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has expressed reservation over term elongation in West Africa and called on Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to checkmate the trend, ITRealms reports.

This subject matter will dominate discussions as 30 participants representing leading Civil Society Organization (CSOs) in the area of democratic governance in West Africa meet in Dakar (Senegal) from September 9 to 10, 2015.

ITRealms gathered that the meeting is being convened with experts on constitutional matters with the aim of addressing the issue of presidential term limits in West Africa. The two-day meeting will seek to harmonize the positions of civil society actors on the issue of the limitation of presidential terms in West Africa. These organizations will also discuss ways to convince ECOWAS member states to consider and adopt a common provision on this issue.

A press statement  signed by Auwal Ibrahim  Musa (Rafsanjani), Acting General Secretary for WACSOF/FOSCAO and Mathias Hounkpe, the Political  Governance Programme Manager at OSIWA, the group seeks to push ECOWAS to take the bold step of adopting term limits at community level, adding that such a provision  be included in the texts governing the organization. The meeting of the  major CSOs in West Africa, ITRealms gathered, is meant to discuss and develop a strategy for this objective. 

The event is s
upported  by OSIWA, WACSOF acts in consideration of its mandate and capacity as the civil society coordination hub in West Africa and in connection to its supportive role to ECOWAS agenda, ITRealms reports.

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