As the 2024 First Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament gets underway in Freetown, Sierra-Leone, Speaker Sidie Mohamed Tunis said, the Fifth Legislature under him watch has done extremely well in sensitising the citizens on the advantages of a Direct Suffrage into the Community Parliament as against the current selection system.
He said election by direct universal suffrage will confer stronger democratic legitimacy on the ECOWAS Parliament as well as further strengthen its representative function.
He also used the occasion to call on the incoming leadership of Sixth Parliament to move the struggle for universal suffrage to the next level.
The Speaker also used the forum to paid tribute to decease members including former Governor of Yobe State in Nigeria, Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim who served in the Parliament’s 2nd and 3rd Legislatures.
The 2024 First Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Freetown, Sierra-Leone marks the end of the Fifth legislature and the leadership of Sidie Mohamed Tunis as the Speaker of the Community Parliament.