The ECOWAS Commission has issued a pressing call to the political leadership in Senegal, urging immediate action to restore the electoral calendar in alignment with the country’s Constitution.
In a statement dated Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the ECOWAS Commission cautioned against any actions or statements that could violate the provisions of Senegal’s constitution. It emphasized the importance of upholding constitutional principles and urged all stakeholders to adhere to the legal frameworks governing electoral processes.
Furthermore, the ECOWAS Commission reminded the people of Senegal and the political class of their shared responsibility to preserve peace and stability within the country. This underscores the critical role of political dialogue, respect for democratic norms, and adherence to constitutional processes in safeguarding national unity and cohesion.
The decision by President Macky Sall to postpone Senegal’s scheduled presidential election, originally set for February 25, has raised significant concerns. President Sall cited electoral issues that could potentially lead to disputes as the rationale behind this unprecedented move, which has sparked controversy and allegations of an “institutional coup” by some opposition and civil society groups.
The postponement comes in the wake of the constitutional council’s January decision to exclude several prominent contenders from the electoral list, a move that has further exacerbated tensions surrounding the election process.
In light of these developments, the ECOWAS Commission’s intervention underscores the regional organization’s commitment to promoting democratic governance, adherence to constitutional norms, and the peaceful resolution of political disputes in its member states. It calls for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to uphold democratic principles and ensure the integrity and inclusivity of the electoral process in Senegal.
Read full communique below: