President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has reaffirmed his appeal for members of the ECOWAS Parliament to be elected.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo believes it will contribute to the sub-democratic region’s consolidation.

Members of the ECOWAS Parliament are currently chosen to represent their countries by their national parliaments.

However, it has been criticized for encouraging MP corruption and favoritism.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, President Akufo-Addo stated at the commencement of a high-level ECOWAS Parliamentary Seminar that the election of members to the august Parliament will also provide the autonomy and stability that the country requires.

As a result, he encouraged the House to consider his request.

“I want to reiterate further my earlier support for the call to elect members of the ECOWAS Parliament by universal adult suffrage. Achieving that feat will make an important milestone in the quest for strengthening democracy in the region and also enable Parliament to function with the needed autonomy, stability, and predictability.”

Ecowas members

Around 200 delegates from the ECOWAS’ 15 member states are now in Winneba for the High-Level ECOWAS Parliament Interactive Summit and the sub-regional body’s Second Extraordinary Session in 2021.

It is expected that the summit will last for ten days.

“Evaluating Two Decades Of Democratic Elections In The ECOWAS Region: Achievements, Challenges, And The Way Forward” is the theme of the event.

Apart from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, and the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, His Excellency, Sidi Mohamed Tunis, are among those slated to speak.

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