ECOWAS observer delegation arrives Cape Verde ahead of presidential elections

ECOWAS observer delegation arrives Cape Verde ahead of presidential elections

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has dispatched a group of election monitors to Cape Verde ahead of the country’s presidential elections.

The ECOWAS Long-Term Observers mission, together with other core team members, will watch the polls and report back to the sub-regional organisation.

The delegation, which is scheduled to arrive in Praia on October 12, has already visited the Praia NOSI Data Centre, a centralised data system that delivers digital solutions to Cabo Verde’s government institutions, including election data administration.

This is stated in an ECOWAS statement published on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the commission, the mission, led by Mr Francis Oke, was schooled on the operation of the NOSI.

Lumumba Barbosa, the Executive Administrator, greeted the team at the data centre and guided them through the facility’s operations as well as its security architecture.

They were told that the Cape Verdean data centre was designed to withstand natural or man-made calamities such as fire, tsunami, earthquake, plane crash, and other similar events.

The delegation also paid a visit to the General Directorate for Support to the Electoral Process, DGAPE, where Director-General Arlinda Chantre briefed them on several election-related issues.

She informed the delegation that the election administration authorities were already planning for a possible presidential run-off vote on October 31, as stipulated in the electoral Act.

She showed the team the election materials that had already been packed and were ready for delivery if a run-off election was necessary.

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