Former Liberian Leader Sirleaf Applauds Nigerian Electorate

The Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has lauded the Nigerian electorate.

A Liberian Embassy press release, quoting an ECOWAS Commission Communication says the former Liberian Leader made the assertions on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Abuja after she and her delegation visited several polling centers in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja to observe the general elections.

The head of the ECOWAS Observation Mission was accompanied by the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria and to the ECOWAS, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, the former Liberian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marjon Kamara and the ECOWAS Commission’s Director for Political Affairs, Dr. Remi Ajibewa while monitoring the elections.

While speaking to members of the press during her visit to polling centers in Maitama, Durumi, Wuse Zone Four, Zone Six  and in Mabushi areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Madam Sirleaf stated that she was impressed with the patience of the electorate. She said she was pleased with the level of organization witnessed in most polling centers.

The release recalls that the Independent Election Commission (INEC) of Nigeria postponed the Presidential and House of Assembly Elections initially slated for Saturday, February 16, 2019 to the 23rd of February.

Quoting the ECOWAS Commission Communication, the Liberian Embassy release says Madam Sirleaf also visited the Center for Democracy and Development’s (CDD) election analysis center as part of her observation mission where she was aquatinted with the structure of the center and its role in aiding democracy and development in Nigeria.

The ECOWAS Observation Mission is expected to make a preliminary declaration on the general elections on Sunday 24th February 2019, after carefully analyzing feedback from its election monitors in all six geo-political zones of the country, the release concludes.

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