Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Le projet sur les Elections en Afrique (AEP) couvrira les élections législatives et présidentielles au Niger 2011

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Niamey Niger, 29 Decembre 2010

Le projet sur les Elections en Afrique  (AEP)  couvrira les élections législatives et présidentielles au Niger 2011

Le projet sur les Elections en Afrique  (AEP)  couvrira les élections législatives et présidentielles qui se tiendront le Lundi 31 Janvier 20011 pour élire le président de la république et les 113 membres du Parlement.  AEP a été mis en place en 2008 pour renforcer les journalistes à couvrir les élections  grâce aux Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication à travers le continent 

AEP a couvert avec succès les élections au Botswana, Namibie, Ghana, Guinée, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritanie, Mozambique, Malawi, et au Togo. Les prochaines étapes du projet sont  la couverture des élections au Nigeria, Liberia, Uganda et  Cameroun.

 L'équipe d' AEP a lancé ce jour, le projet  AEP-Niger à Niamey au cours d'une session de formation qui a regroupé des  journalistes Nigériens.

Selon Kwami Ahiabenu, II, le Responsable de l'équipe d'AEP "Avec le Niger, le projet a couvert dix pays et notre vision est que le projet contribue à une meilleure couverture des élections au Niger, grâce au travail des journalistes professionnels, des organes de presse ainsi que celui des parties prenantes clés des élections  par la fourniture d'une information indépendante  et impartiale avec les TICs .

En plus du site web, AEP couvre les élections avec d'autres nouveaux media comme facebook, blogs, frontline SMS et twitter

Les personnes désireuses peuvent souscrire au service des info et résultats par SMS en envoyant un message au (00227) 97 16 30 37 au Niger ou à l'international au +447537401839

Le projet African Elections -Niger est coordonné par l'Institut International de TIC journalisme  ( ) en collaboration avec la Maison de la Presse du Niger et d'autres partenaires clefs. Open Society Initiative for West Africa  est le principal et stratégique partenaire financier du projet au Niger.


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cote d'Ivoire : Local and international media hit by battle between rival camps for control of news

Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the consequences for journalists of the fight for control of state television and the media in general being waged by the supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and the ones of Alassane Ouattara.

"We are very worried about the situation in Côte d'Ivoire," Reporters Without Borders said. "The violent dispersal of yesterday's demonstration unfortunately caused casualties and we hope that any resumption of hostilities does not target journalists."

The press freedom organisation added: "We deplore the fact that the authorities are treating journalists as undesired witnesses and are trying to prevent them from covering what is going on. We also deplore the fact that they are reducing the news coverage available to Ivorians by banning the opposition media after already suspending international broadcast media."

Incidents during march on state TV headquarters

Many incidents involving the media took place during yesterday's march by Ouattara supporters on the Abidjan headquarters of the state-owned broadcaster Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) in an attempt to install new managers appointed by Guillaume Soro, the prime minister of the government formed by Ouattara.

Securing forces loyal to Gbagbo threatened French TV crews covering the march. Members of the Security Operations Command Centre (CECOS) turned their Kalashnikovs on a France 2 crew, who were forced to lie on the ground while their equipment was taken. Live rounds were used to disperse a France 3 crew, who sustained no injuries or damage.

Alassane Kanaté, a freelance cameraman working for the French 24-hour satellite news channel France 24 was arrested at a military roadblock and taken to police headquarters in the Abidjan district of Plateau, where he was held overnight and mistreated. He was receiving treatment in an Abidjan hospital this morning. At least three journalists were arrested during the march.

Opposition press targeted

Members of the Republican Guard meanwhile raided the Sud Actions Médias and Olympe printing presses yesterday into order to prevent them from printing the independent daily L'Intelligent d'Abidjan and six opposition newspapers: Le Patriote, Le Nouveau Réveil, L'Expression, Nord-Sud, Le Mandat and Le Démocrate. Sud Actions Médias refused to print two pro-Gbagbo newspapers, Le Nouveau Courrier and Le Temps, in protest. The Republican Guard also ordered the distributor Presstalis not to distribute any opposition newspapers.

During a visit to RTI on 14 December, Gbagbo's new communication minister, Ouattara Gnonzié, issued a warning to media that are not supporting his government. "I am going to meet with the privately-owned media," he said. "They may be privately-owned, but they have a duty to respect our country's laws and constitution. Reporting alarming and false information, which depresses and discourages the public, is against the law. This must stop as soon as possible."

Members of Gbagbo's press office, his new minister of youth, labour and public health, Charles Blé Goudé, and Gen. Bruno Dogbo Blé, the head of the Republican Guard, are among the government officials who have banned opposition newspapers in an illegal manner.,39072.html
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT ON COTE D'IVOIRE     Abuja, 7 December 2010    FINAL COMMUNIQUE   1.	Following the unexpected turn of events after the second round of the  Presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire, an Extraordinary Session of the  Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West  African States (ECOWAS) was held on 7 December 2010 in Abuja, Federal Republic  of Nigeria, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele  Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Chairman of the  ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.  2.	The following Heads of State and Government or their duly accredited  representatives were present at this Session:  •	H.E. Blaise COMPAORE, President of the Faso •	H.E. Prof. John Evans ATTA-MILLS, President of the Republic of Ghana •	H.E. Ellen JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, President of the Republic of Liberia •	H.E. Amadou Toumani TOURE, President of the Republic of Mali •	H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele JONATHAN, President of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria  •	H.E. Maître Abdoulaye WADE, President of the Republic of Senegal •	H.E. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic •	H. E. Mr. Francisco Pereira da VEIGA	, Ambassador of Cape Verde in  Senegal representing the President of the Republic of Cape Verde   •	Mr. Goundé Désiré ADADJA, Honourable Minister of Communication and  Information Technology representing the President of the Republic of Benin  •	Hon. Lamin Kaba BAJO, Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and  National Assembly Matters representing the President of the Republic of the  Gambia  •	H.E. Mr. Henry O. MACAULEY, High Commissioner of the Republic of  Sierra Leone to Nigeria representing the President of the Republic of Sierra  Leone   3.	H.E. Young-Jin CHOI, Special Representative of the Secretary-General  of the United Nations in Cote d'Ivoire and Mr. Mahama Ouedraogo,  representative of the President of the African Union Commission also attended  this Session as Observers.  4.	During their deliberations, the Heads of State and Government reviewed  the political and security situation arising from the declaration of the  results of the second round of the Presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire.  The Authority also was briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary- General of the United Nations in Cote d'Ivoire. 5.	After a thorough review of the situation, the Authority expressed deep  concern over the threats posed to the success of the peace process leading to  a lasting solution to the Ivorian crisis.   6.	Reaffirming their commitment to the relevant provisions and principles  of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the Heads of State  and Government condemned in strong terms, the attempt to go against the will  of the Ivorian people as freely expressed on 28 November 2010.   7.	In order to protect the legitimacy of the electoral process, the  Summit endorsed the results declared by the Independent Electoral Commission  and certified by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the  United Nations in Cote d'Ivoire in accordance with Resolution 1765 of the  United Nations Security Council, dated 16 July 2007. In this regard, the Heads  of State and Government recognized Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara as President- elect of Cote d'Ivoire, and consequently, representative of the freely  expressed voice of the Ivorian People.  8.	The Summit called on Mr. Laurent Gbagbo to abide by the results of the  second round of Presidential elections as certified by UNOCI, and to yield  power without delay, in the best interest of the Ivorian People.  9.	The Summit decided to apply the provisions of Article 45 of the ECOWAS  Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance relating to the imposition of  sanctions on Cote d'Ivoire, including the suspension from all ECOWAS decision- making bodies until further notice.   10.	The Authority expressed appreciation to the United Nations Operations  in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) for its key role in the conduct of the elections  under democratically acceptable conditions. In particular, the Authority  commended the efforts of the international community to ensure the rapid and  definitive resolution of the crisis.   11.	The Heads of State and Government launched an urgent appeal to all  Ivorians, political and administrative bodies at all levels of authority, to  respect the rights and integrity of Ivorians, nationals of the other ECOWAS  Member States, and of all foreigners within the territory of the Republic of  Cote d'Ivoire, and to guarantee their security.  12.	The Authority of Heads of State and Government commended His  Excellency Blaise Compaore, President of the Faso, and Facilitator of inter- Ivoirian dialogue, for his unremitting efforts and proactive diplomatic  contributions to the Ivorian peace process.    13.	The Heads of State and Government expressed their gratitude to His  Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria, for his leadership role and personal involvement in the entrenchment  of democracy and good governance in Cote d'Ivoire and in the West African  region as a whole.  14.	The Heads of State and Government expressed their sincere appreciation  to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the  generous hospitality accorded them in the finest African tradition, during  their stay in Abuja, and for the excellent facilities placed at their disposal  to ensure the success of this Extraordinary Summit.   Done at Abuja, this 7th day of December, 2010  THE AUTHORITY 

Security Council endorses opposition leader's victory in Ivorian polls

8 December 2010 – The Security Council today endorsed opposition leader Alassane Ouattara's victory in Côte d'Ivoire's presidential elections despite outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo's claim to have won, and warned of 'targeted measures' against anybody threatening the peace process in the divided country.

"In view of (regional body) ECOWAS' recognition of Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara as President-elect of Côte d'Ivoire and representative of the freely expressed voice of the Ivorian people as proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission, the members of the Security Council call on all stakeholders to respect the outcome of the election," the 15-member body said in a press statement, reiterating its support for the United Nations role in the country.

"The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest possible terms any effort to subvert the popular will of the people or undermine either the integrity of the electoral process or the free and fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire."

The statement followed a news conference earlier today in Abidjan, the country's commercial capital, at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative Y. J. Choi said there was absolutely no doubt Mr. Ouattara had won the election, which was a major step in the efforts to reunite the world's largest cocoa exporter after it was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.

But the poll generated a new crisis when the Constitutional Council threw out the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) proclamation of Mr. Ouattara as victor, citing irregularities in his northern base, and awarded the election to Mr. Gbagbo.

"The Ivorian people have chosen Mr. Alassane Ouattara with an irrefutable margin as the winner over Mr. Laurent Gbagbo," Mr. Choi stressed, underscoring the impartiality of the UN in certifying the results of the presidential run-off last month.

In its press statement, the Council, which was briefed in closed session by Mr. Choi yesterday, reiterated its readiness "to impose targeted measures against persons who attempt to threaten the peace process, obstruct the work of the UNOCI (the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire) and other international actors, or commit serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law."

It deplored the suspension of non-governmental media, recalled "the importance that all citizens of Côte d'Ivoire have full access to pluralistic and diverse information," and urged the authorities to immediately restore equitable access to State media.

Following a briefing from Mr. Choi yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) endorsed his certification of Mr. Ouattara and called on Mr. Gbagbo to yield power without delay.

Today Mr. Choi publicly rebutted Mr. Gbagbo's claims of irregularities point by point, noting that even if contested tally sheets were thrown out, it was still clear that Mr. Ouattara had won.

The complaints, used by the Constitutional Council, were based on two arguments: that the use of violence in nine departments in the north prevented people from voting, and that tally sheets there lacked the signature of the presidential camp's representatives.

On the first issue, Mr. Choi stressed that a voter participation as high as 81 per cent could not possibly mean that there was sufficient violence to prevent people from voting, while reports on violence collected by UNOCI shows there were fewer violent acts in the north than in the west.

On the second issue, he said he reviewed all tally sheets in the concerned departments and eliminated all those which lacked the signature of Mr. Gbagbo's representatives. "The upshot was that, even such an exercise did not alter in any significant way the outcome of the second round," he added. "On this basis, I remain absolutely certain that I have found the truth concerning the will of the Ivorian people as expressed on 28 November."

Mr. Choi said he used three methods "to arrive at the absolute conviction regarding the winner." First he deployed 721 UNOCI members throughout the country to find voting trends as early as possible. Secondly, he collected results from the 19 regional local electoral commissions, and these further confirmed the trends that it was almost certain who had won and who had lost.

Finally, UNOCI examined all 20,000 tally sheets to see if there was a trace of fraud or manipulation, especially if they had been signed. A certain number had to be discarded but these were not concentrated in some particular regions but were spread randomly.

Mr. Choi vouchsafed his and UNOCI's impartiality in the elections. "Impartiality is so central that, if one does not believe in my impartiality, it would not be possible to believe in the truth that I am going to tell," he said.

"I have been cited alternatively by the Government and the opposition camps as taking sides with the other party whenever UNOCI refused to side with it. I say with conviction that UNOCI has remained impartial. I present this as the evidence that I have succeeded in safeguarding my impartiality, the strength upon which I today lay the unequivocal result of the second round."

UNOCI, with a current strength of over 9,000 uniformed personnel, has been supporting reunification efforts, of which November's vote, and the first round held in October following five years of delays, was a principal step.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Carter Center congratulates Alassane Ouattara on his election as president of Cote d'Ivoire.

The Carter Center congratulates Alassane Ouattara on his election as president of Cote d'Ivoire.  The Center equally appreciates the efforts of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro to ensure the credibility of the entire electoral process.

The Center calls on all Ivoirian political leaders to respect the will of the Ivorian people as expressed through the election results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and certified by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations.

As noted in the Center's Nov. 30 statement, Carter Center observers saw no evidence of systematic irregularities that would have a significant impact on the results. The Carter Center's overall assessment is that the conduct of the run-off election met international standards. The Center finds the Constitutional Council has misapplied the electoral law by choosing to annul partial results.

The Center welcomes the recent statements of support for the integrity of the electoral process from many of Cote d'Ivoire's international partners, including the African Union, Facilitator of the Ouagadougou Peace Accord President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the European Union, and several other governments, including France, the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

The Center is concerned about the extremely confusing political situation since the Constitutional Council's decision, and the numerous incidents of violence among party supporters and in some instances involving security forces. 

The Center echoes the appeal of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo to cooperate in a smooth political transition in Cote d'Ivoire.  All political actors must work together to restore stability and an enduring peace.


A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.


Cote D'Ivoire : One Country, Two presidents

The long awaited Cote d'viore 28th November 2010  elections expected to end long years of political instability for the West African country rather shown deep seated divisions with ex- president Laurent Gbagbo and  his challenger Alassane Ouattara, claiming victory. Each was installed as president with both men taking steps to form a cabinet. Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki ,  appointed by African Union to mediate in this ongoing impasse met on  Sunday 11th December 2010 with both Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara.

On 2nd December 2010, the head of the electoral commission pronounced Alassane Ouattara winner with 54% of the votes cast while Laurent Gbagbo received 46%. The country's constitutional council responsible for validating results overturn the results proclaimed by the electoral commission and declared Mr. Gbagbo winner. The situation in the country remains clam while international community is working hard to resolve this impasse.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Before elections take place, some politicians make promises they obviously do not want to, or cannot keep after winning the mandate of the electorate. That is why the Ghana Post-Elections Intervention Project was launched in Accra yesterday. The Ghanaian project is part of the broader African Elections Project, established in 2008. The Ghanaian project aims to promote the culture of political accountability; it wants to support processes that lead to fulfillment of electoral promises. The project uses various sources to prove if elected officials act like promised during the electioneering campaigns.

The sources include president's sectional address, budget statements by the president and sector ministers as statements by the president and sector ministers as captured by the media, statements and publications by the World Bank and the IMF. Field officers also furnish the project with research work undertaken in the various government agencies. As a pilot, the project is using two geographic areas of Ghana –Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly – as the focus areas of study. The project is being undertaken by a coalition of civil society organisations, technology firms and academia partners, including Centre for Democratic Development, African University College of Communications, SMSGH, Edge Cube and Frontline SMS, with funding from Open Society for West Africa.

Kwami Ahiabenu II, President of Penplusbytes, said "This is a pioneering project in that it focuses on how the media can become more effective in holding elected officials accountable."

Also launched was a book entitled, "Because Accountability Counts: A Journalist Guide for Post-elections in Ghana". It provides an insight into how journalists can effectively cover post-election issues in Ghana.

The new Crusading Guide 2nd December 2010 Vol 2 No 180


The international institute of Information  and Communication Technology, Penplusbytes yesterday  launched its Post –elections intervention  project , aimed  at overcoming  the challenges  and problems  which militate  against  citizens and the media's  ability to hold  elected public  officials  accountable  for promises they  make  during  elections  in the country.

The project is part of the broader African Elections Project, established  in the year 2008. It began  in March  this year  and it is  expected  to end in March 2011.

According  to Dr. Kwabena Riverson, the Chairman of the  Board of Directors  for Penplusbytes, the project  also  seeks  to provide  easy  and accessible  information  on political  promises and development plans  of elected  representative  to the  public , create  citizens  awareness on development  issues  and reduce  acrimonious  campaign  messages which  urging them  to focus on development issues .For this reason ,Penplusbytes mentioned  the Accra  Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and  the Tarkwa Nsuaem  Municipal  Assembly  as the two geographic  areas for  the pilot study  of  this project.

The project  activities  would  include developing  a media  guide  for  Journalists , organize  Face to Face fora , establishing  online  space for  debate  and Knowledge sharing , and live  reports  from  parliament, and many more.The selected assemblies, he added, would  enable  the project  to track  records  of  local government  and political  performance towards the development agenda  of the  nation.

Dr. Riverson  explained  that  the  project  uses various  sources of information, including  the President 's  Sessional address, Budget statements, Parliamentary  question time , statements  by the  developmental issues promised  by the media , to  track  the development issues  promised by  the elected officials  during  any  given  electioneering  campaign  period. Others  are statements and publications by the World Bank  and the International Monetary  Fund (IMF), while  gathering  other  information  from research  officers  on the field .

This  project is  being  undertaken  by a coalition  of Civil  Society Organization   like  the  Ghana Journalists Association , Centre for Democratic  Congress, the African University College of Communications , and sponsored by  the open Society Initiative  for West Africa (OSIWA)

A  book  on how Journalists  would  cover  post-elections  in the  country  was  also  unveiled. It is titled -Because Accountability Counts : A Journalist's guide to post-elections in Ghana.''

It has an overview of the country's post-elections periods, governance, legislative issues, political  parties  and  their manifestos, et al.


source : Chronicle Issue 233 December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Post-elections intervention project launched

To download a copy of "Because Accountability Counts: A Journalist's Guide to Post Elections in Ghana" please click here 

Accra, Dec. 1, GNA - The authorities of Penplusbytes, (International Institute of ICT Journalism) in partnership with coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), has launched the Ghana Post Elections Intervention Project to hold elected officials accountable to their campaign promises. The project is to overcome the challenges and problems affecting citizens and the media's ability to hold elected representatives accountable for the promises made during elections.

It began in March 2010 and expected to end in March 2011. Its objective is to promote a culture of political accountability by strengthening processes that lead to fulfilment of electoral promises and the delivery of visible and impact-driven dividends of democracy. Members of the CSOs include Centre for Democratic Development, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Edge Cube, technology firms and academia.

Dr Kwabena Riverson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Penplusbytes, who launched the project in Accra on Wednesday, said "this is a pioneering project to focus on how the media can become more effective in holding elected officials accountable". He said it would be piloted in two geographical areas: Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly in the Western Region.

It will allow the tracking of local government political performance because both assemblies presented different sets of demands and placed complete and diverse challenges on the government both in its promises and attainment of national and local government development agenda. Dr Riverson said it would use various sources of information in tracking developmental issues as promised by elected officials during their campaigns: President's sessional address, budget statements and Parliamentary question time.

The rest include statements by the President and Sector Ministries as captured by the press, statements and publications by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund including field officers who would furnish the project with research work undertaken in the various government agencies. The Project is part of the broader African Elections Project, established in 2008 and co-ordinated by the International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) working with OSIWA as its main sponsor. Meanwhile, the group has launched a book titled "Because Accountability Counts: A Journalist's Guide to Post Elections in Ghana", which provides a unique insight into how journalists can effectively cover post elections issues in Ghana. 

Liberia : Int'l Confab To Mitigate Violence In Elections

The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) at Carnegie Mellon University, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) will convene a three-day International Conference titled: 'Conference to Mitigate Violence in Liberia's 2011 Elections'. Running from Thursday, December 2 to Saturday the 4th, 2010 at the Palm Spring Resort in Congo Town outside Monrovia, this event is being generously supported by Humanity United. This important conference will feature participation from key Liberian leaders, Ministers and senior government officials, United Nations leaders, civil society representatives, political leaders, County Superintendents, international diplomats and scholars. 

The opening ceremonies will feature words of welcome from the conference organizers, including NEC Chairman James Fromayan; Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the CIPI and former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development; and Dr. Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United. 

The conference presenters will also be joined by Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, and Rep. Gabriel B. Smith, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Elections and Inaugurations, the Legislative leaders who oversee the conduct of elections through their respective committee chairmanships. 

After the opening formalities, the first conference session will cover the theme: "Building on the Success of the 2005 Electoral Process", in which Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, UNMIL Amb. Ellen Margrethe Løj , and NEC Co-chair Cllr. Elizabeth J. Nelson will serve as panelists. 

Other sessions of the conference will focus on: "The Incidence and Character of Liberia's Election-Related Violence", "Mapping Conflict -Prone Regions" and "Tools and Techniques for Preventing Violence". Key presenters and panelists at these sessions include key Ministers of Government, County Superintendents, Dr. Pearl T. Robinson of Tufts University, UNMIL DSRSG Moustapha Soumaré, and Ambassador Akin Fayomi, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union, as well as representatives of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Democratic Institute (NDI), and the West Africa Network for Peace Building. 

On Saturday, December 4, the organizers will convene a Civil Society Peer Learning Forum at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City. The session will focus on the role of civil society in promoting free, fair and credible democratic elections. The CSOs Peer Learning Forum will be led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).
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