The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has express worry over potential delays in elections in Mali which is aimed at restoring civilian rule following a coup last year.
In a statement, the group said it remained “worried by the lack of concrete action” to prepare for the vote, which has been promised for February 2022 by Colonel Assimi Goita who is the head of the military transition.
The announcement came at the end of a three-day mission to Mali led by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.
ECOWAS in a statement which was read out to journalists in Bamako said,
“The mission recalled the importance of respecting the date of the announced elections in order to demonstrate the credibility of the transition process’’.
Mali slid into political turmoil last year after a military coup in August 2020 took power ousting elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
The military then appointed an interim civilian government tasked with steering back to democratic rule.
But Goita deposed the civilian leaders of this interim government in May — in a second coup — and was later declared president himself.
He however pledged to respect the February deadline for civilian elections set by the interim government.