Ahead of the February 16, 2019, elections, the head of the Election Observation Mission (EOM) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson has met with the INEC Chairman at the INEC headquarters in Nigeria.
Speaking on the purpose of her visit, Mrs Sirleaf says she is ready to meet with all the authorities in the electoral process to understand more than she has read on the process so far.
She also said the main program for the mission will begin next week when she and the full team return to Nigeria.
“I hope to meet with political leaders; I want to be able to understand the role I have to play to make sure that I am well prepared to carry out the function.
“I am pleased that it is an ECOWAS assignment and I will be working with them (ECOWAS Commission) and they will guide me and I just expect that I will join all Nigerians to make sure that this whole process is so peaceful and successful.
“That is the purpose of my mission,” she said.
The former Liberian president also said she would share in the findings of earlier missions and consult with those who had been on the ground.
“I cannot make a statement till I have had an opportunity to be able to share in the findings of earlier missions, to consult with those who have been on the ground.“At a later date, the ECOWAS Observer Mission will be fully engaged, will carry out its functions and speak when it is time to speak,” she said.
The INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood while welcoming Sirleaf and the team, thanked ECOWAS for accepting INEC’s invitation.
Mahmood said he is looking forward to the reports and recommendations from the mission promising that the elections will be a landmark event, stressing that the polls will be free, fair and credible.