ANP – The Secretary General of La Francophonie, Mrs. Louise Mushikiwabo, in a press release published on Wednesday February 24, 2021, “strongly condemned the post-electoral violence which followed the publication of the provisional electoral results” in Niger and called on all parties stakeholders to resort, in the event of disputes, to legal channels, but also to dialogue, in a context marked by health and security challenges.
In this press release, the head of the organization grouping together the countries that share French as an official language said to take note of the publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election, held on February 21. last in Niger, a publication which was made, according to her, “in accordance with legal and electoral provisions”.
After noting that, for this election, “the Nigerien stakeholders participated inclusively in electoral operations, in particular in the centralization and validation of electoral results in the different phases, municipal, regional and national”, the press release of the OIF encouraged all political actors “to respect and ensure respect for the electoral process until its end, by preserving calm and promoting appeasement”.
And because the electoral process was conducted in “a consensual, inclusive and transparent manner, with the participation of representatives of the majority and the opposition”, the Secretary General of La Francophonie wanted to mark the availability of the Organization “for support national and international efforts in favor of dialogue between the parties with a view to the settlement of any dispute ”.
The International Organization of La Francophonie, it should be remembered, is an organization that brings together countries around the world that share the French language as a language of expression (the official language for the most part). It has 88 States and Governments, of which 54 are members, 7 associate members and 27 observers. Niger is a founding member of this organization, created on March 20, 1970 in Niamey, the Nigerien capital.