Following from successfully leading the Common Wealth Observer Mission to the Kenyan election in August this year, former President John Dramani Mahama is leading an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS observer mission to Liberia this October.
A statement from his office yesterday announced that he was departing from Ghana to Monrovia, Liberia, and that he will lead the ECOWAS Mission to observe Liberia’s election on October 10.
“As former Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Governments, President Mahama has been celebrated for his commitment to ensuring the stability of the sub region and the continents generally,” the statement by Special Aide, Joyce Bawa Mogtari, said.
It added that “His tenure as Chair saw the quick handling of various sub-regional crises including the Burkinabe Political turmoil, the election dispute in Togo and the outbreak of Ebola in three West African countries including Liberia.
“Since leaving Office in January, President Mahama has been helping to entrench democracy and stability in Africa. He has also been working with the African Development Bank to help improve agriculture.”
President Mahama’s leadership of the ECOWAS Mission to Liberia underscores confidence and respect that he has garnered as a continental leader after he left office as Ghana’s President in January 2017.
The leadership of the ECOWAS Observer mission to Liberia follows a similar leadership of a Commonwealth Observer Mission to Kenya’s election in August, where he had persuaded opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to go to court after Mr. Odinga had publicly rejected his loss at the polls.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has since ordered a re-run of the polls, which incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta, had won in August.
In Liberia, President Mahama will observe, as Liberians go to the polls to elect a new president and legislators for the country.
This is the third time Liberians are going to the polls after the civil war that ravaged the country between 1989 and 1996.
Incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president and Nobel Laureate — is ineligible to run this time, having exhausted the two term limit, six years each, allowed by the Constitution.
The general election has been described as the country’s most hotly contested since the advent of democracy in 1847.
About 1,000 candidates representing 26 political parties are said to be contesting for the legislative slots while 20 candidates are vying to replace the 24th President of Liberia at the Executive Mansion in Monrovia.