From Paul Ejime | firstname.lastname@example.org |
(Abuja, Nigerian) – A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, 25th April.
It was part of the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located.
Conducted on the tour by the Institute’s Acting Director General Dr Sa’ad Umar Idris and the Administrative Secretary Mr John Irem, the visitors were briefed on the mandate and progammes of ECONEC, by its spokesman Paul Ejime, who also presented Dr Ntsike with copies of A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa, a new publication by ECOWAS with the support of the German International Development Agency, GIZ.
Dr Ntsike expressed her desire to see greater cooperation among Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Africa.
The Lesotho team had earlier visited the INEC Headquarters where it was received by the INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who is also President of the ECONEC governing board.
The visit is on the heels of the recent Abuja International Conference on the Challenges and Opportunities in the use of Technology in Elections, organised by INEC and ECONEC in collaboration with the Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern African Development Community (ECF-SADC), with the support of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES).
More than 150 participants from over 30 EMBs, including from Lesotho, attended the Conference, during which EMBs from Western and Southern Africa, committed to deepening cooperation and optimising the benefits of technology in elections for the consolidation of democracy on the continent.