By Melvin Tejan Mansaray
The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Hon. Dr. Mohamed Sidie Tunis has called on member states of the Community to ensure that they include into their national laws provisions of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
Hon. Dr. Tunis made this call during his closing remarks at the
2021 PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR held from
12th – 15th October 2021,
Winneba, Ghana that focused on the theme, “
“TWO DECADES OF DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN ECOWAS MEMBER STATES: ACHIEVEMENTS, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD”
According to Hon. Dr. Tunis, the Seminar provided an insight towards a better understanding of the legal, institutional, and material frameworks for conducting elections in Member States, adding that, “We were able to come to terms with the fact that, although there are shortcomings in our electoral systems, such shortcomings can be remedied by adopting best practices.”
He added that: “We still believe that one of the best yardsticks for measuring democracy is the conduct of periodic elections that are considered credible through meeting best international practices. Furthermore, elections should necessarily provide good and inclusive governance.”
He echoed the Community’s, “strong faith in the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, and urge Member States to incorporate its relevant provisions into national legislations.”
The Supplementary Protocol was developed in 2001 as an expression of a new, collective political resolve of ECOWAS member States to take the process of preventing and resolving crises and violent conflicts forward, and to achieve peace and security through the development of democracy and good governance.