WEST AFRICA ELECTION OBSERVERS NETWORK (WAEON) FORMED
Citizens’ Election Observation Groups (CEOGs) from eleven West African countries have formed the West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) to institutionalize election observation in the sub- region.
Made up of independent, non-partisan and non-religious organizations, the network aims at strengthening and supporting CEOGs in West Africa for effective participation in the electoral process in accordance with the Declaration of Global Principles for Non-partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations. Furthermore, the network will provide technical and moral support to its member organizations in order to encourage non-partisan citizen election observation, champion electoral reforms and advocacy, and promote credible elections as a means of deepening electoral democracy in the sub-region.
The member organizations of WAEON include: Mouvement Burkinabé des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples (MBDHP), Burkina Faso; Convention de la Société Civile Ivoirienne (CSCI), Cote d’Ivoire; Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO), Ghana and Consortium d’Observation des Elections (COE), Guinea. Liberia Democratic Institute (LDI), Liberia; Appui au Processus Electoral au Mali (APEM), Mali; Association Nigérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (ANDDH), Niger; Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Nigeria; Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO), Sénégal; National Election Watch (NEW), Sierra Leone; and Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile (CNSC), Togo.
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) serves as WAEON’s Secretariat. WAEON is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, (NED) and receives technical assistance from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Following the adoption of the network’s Constitution and the election of its executive members in December 2010 in Niamey, Niger, WAEON will be officially launched in Nigeria in February 2011.
Transitional Monitoring Group (TMG), Nigeria
(For and on behalf of WAEON)
January 17, 2011
Contact: George Ofosu, CDD-Ghana, +233 243221853