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By WACSOF-FOSCOA 24 September, 2021 59

BREACH OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER IN THE SUB-REGION

WACSOF URGES ECOWAS TO ACCELERATE AN INCLUSIVE REVISION OF ITS ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL ON DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

ABUJA, SEPTEMBRE 20th 2021: The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), remains concerned about the heavy trend of unconstitutional regime changes that can be observed here and there in the West African sub-region and one of the endogenous causes of which is the manipulation of the constitutions of the member states in the search for more than two mandates such as the constitutions of most states have.

CALL FOR ACTION :

1. WACSOF condemns both the recent military coups and the manipulations of constitutions that have occurred in West Africa, which plunges the countries concerned into a period of political uncertainty with an outcome unacceptable and unjustified suffering of populations.

2. WACSOF reminds ECOWAS member states of the absolute need to comply with laws and regulations on democracy and good governance. Legal frameworks such as “The ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance” and the “African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance (ACDEG)” must be respected without any compromise.

3. Referring to the recommendation no.18 of the final communiqué of the Extraordinary Session of September 16, 2021, of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on the situation in Guinea and Mali, WACSOF urges the ECOWAS Commission to accelerate the inclusive review of the ECOWAS Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance in order to adapt it to the changing political context and to the aspirations of the populations of the Member States.

4. WACSOF invites ECOWAS to include civil society in this review process to demonstrate its willingness to move towards an ECOWAS OF PEOPLE.

5. Finally, WACSOF affirms its full readiness to contribute, alongside the regional institution and other actors, to updating this important instrument for the preservation and promotion of democracy in the sub-region.

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ABOUT THE WEST AFRICA CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (WACSOF)

With more than 1000 Member Organizations, the WEST AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (WACSOF) is the umbrella network of the Civil Society in West Africa, covering 18 thematic areas, with representation in 15 countries of ECOWAS. WACSOF is the channel for institutionalized dialogue between civil society organizations and ECOWAS. WACSOF builds capacity, advocates, mobilizes civil society, engages in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies for a prosperous, stable and peaceful Africa. WACSOF is an excellent channel, a one-stop-shop for systematic engagement between institutions and civil society organizations, for impactful results. www.Wacsof-Foscao.Org

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