A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr. Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, 25th April.
It was part of the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located.
Conducted on a tour by the Institute’s Acting Director General Dr Sa’ad Umar Idris and the Administrative Secretary Mr John Irem, the visitors were briefed on the mandate and programs of ECONEC by its spokesman Paul Ejime, who also presented Dr Ntsike with copies of A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa, a new publication by ECOWAS, with support of the German International Development Agency, GIZ.
Dr Ntsike expressed her desire to see greater cooperation among Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Africa.
The Lesotho team had earlier visited the INEC Headquarters where it was received by INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who is also President of the ECONEC governing board.
The visit follows the recent Abuja International Conference on the Challenges and Opportunities in the use of Technology in Elections, organized by INEC and ECONEC in collaboration with the Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern African Development Community (ECF-SADC), with the support of the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES).
More than 150 participants from over 30 EMBs, including from Lesotho, attended the conference, during which EMBs from Western and Southern Africa committed to deepen cooperation, optimizing the benefits of technology in elections for the consolidation of democracy on the continent.