The regional bloc had given the Malian authorities a deadline of February 27, 2022, to hold elections and return the crisis-torn country to constitutional rule.
President Akufo-Addo is putting the proposal before the Heads of State for consideration and action.
Mali’s transitional authorities had initially recommended that the country’s transition period should run for a period of five years. However, on September 7, 2022, it modified that decision and opted for a four-year transitional period.
“Excellencies, it is this decision that we are meeting to review to determine whether it complies with the agreement reached on September 15, 2020, and embodied in the transition charter and more fundamentally whether it conforms to the Community principles as enshrined in the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance,” he said at the opening of the meeting
“It is my expectation that we would take the appropriate decision that would advance the future of Mali and our community …National, Regional and International stakeholders are all awaiting the results of our meeting.
“I will therefore hope that the outcomes of our deliberations will contribute to promoting democracy and consolidating peace and security in Mali and our region,” he said.
During the last ordinary submit of the ECOWAS Presidents in Abuja last month, they reiterated their strong concerns on the transition process in Mali and the need for the authorities in Mali to respect the date of February 27, 2022, for holding elections.
They indicated their intention to review by December 21, 2021, the state of preparation of the Malian transitional government towards compliance towards the agreed deadline for the conclusion of the transition and the restoration of the constitutional democratic order.
The Bloc stated that “if we were not satisfied with the state of progress by the Malian authorities, it would undertake additional sanctions to ensure compliance.