Central African bloc to send 20 observers during Gabon election

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The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) said it would send 20 election observers during the Aug. 27 presidential elections in Gabon.

Ahmad Allam-Mi, the bloc’s Secretary General, on Friday in Libreville confirmed that ECCAS would deploy an electoral observer mission to Gabon as it did in the past in member states organising elections.

He said that the mission would be led by Ambassador Abou Moussa, a senior Chadian diplomat who previously worked for the United Nations in Libreville.

Allam-Mi said that the key objective of ECCAS wa evidently to monitor the elections to ensure they were free, transparent, fair and that they were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

He said that besides ECCAS, other international organisations such as the African Union, the European Union, and the International Organisation of La Francophonie would monitor Gabon’s forthcoming elections.

Gabon’s incumbent President Ali Ondimba, would compete against 11other candidates, among them, Jean Ping former AU Commission President.

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