Senegal election: ECOWAS urges authorities to choose new date

The Economic Community of West African States has urged the relevant authorities in Senegal to urgently choose a new date for the country’s presidential elections that was  postponed.

The bloc made the appeal in a statement in Abuja by the ECOWAS Commission to the News Agency of Nigeria.

According to the statement, the ECOWAS Commission said it has taken note of the decision of the Senegalese authorities to postpone the presidential elections, originally scheduled to take place on February 25, 2024.

It said: “The ECOWAS Commission expresses concern over the circumstances that led to the postponement of the elections.

“Also, the bloc appeals to the competent authorities to expedite the various processes in order to set a new date for the elections.

“The Commission further urges the entire political class to prioritise dialogue and collaboration for a transparent, inclusive and credible election.

“The ECOWAS Commission salutes President Macky Sall for upholding his earlier decision not to run for another term.

“It encourages him to continue to defend and protect Senegal’s long-standing democratic tradition.”

The statement added that the Commission would continue to monitor the situation in the West African nation.

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