Liberia: ECOWAS delegation arrives tomorrow

(NEC/Monrovia, September 21, 2011) A Special High Power Delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrives in the country tomorrow as guest of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the people of Liberia.

The delegation which comprises former Nigerian President, General Abdu Salami Abubakar and former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor is expected to arrive at mid-day tomorrow at the Robert International Airport in Margibi County.

Th ECOWAS Envoys are coming ahead of the Presidential and Legislative elections to enhance ongoing efforts of the NEC to conduct the pending elections in a credible and non-violent manner.

According to the four-day itinerary drawn up for the visit, the visiting former West African Heads of States, will upon arrival  pay a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry and later hold interactive discussions with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Ellen Margrethe Loj at the UNMIL Headquarters.

The team will later proceed to the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission for other interactive discussions with the Chairman and member Board of Commissioners of the NEC.

The ECOWAS delegation will on Friday, September 23, 2011 hold interactive discussions with political leaders and the leaderships of registered in Liberia political parties at the Golden Gate Hotel near the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

The delegation will on Saturday, September 24, 2011 hold other interactive discussions with leaders of Civil Society Organizations and the Religious Community Institutions at the Golden Gate Hotel.

While in Monrovia, the ECOWAS delegation is expected to also meet with the International Contact Group on Liberia, (ICGL) at the Golden Gate Hotel and later confer with a cross section of the Liberian Press on Saturday, September 24, 2011 before departure on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

The visit of the former African leaders and entourage, in the lead-up to the 2011 Presidential and Legislative elections, is among others things, aimed at creating an enabling atmosphere amongst Liberian to ensure the conduct of peaceful elections void of trappings of elections violence.