MECEB staff photo: Félicien Agossè

The Movement of Elites Committed to the Emancipation of Benin (Mece-Benin) held its meetings in Abomey on November 2 and 3. At the end of the national council, the first since the party’s creation, recommendations were made to political actors.

RECOMMENDATION TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE ISSUE OF SPONSORSHIP OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.

Remain in line with the conclusions of the national political dialogue held in October 2019 on the issue of sponsorship of presidential candidates during the grooming of the electoral code. The provisions on sponsorship by elected officials clearly specify that any candidate in the presidential election may be sponsored by elected municipal, municipal or parliamentary officials; so that he or she is not the exclusive prerogative of elected parliamentarians;

Prohibit the possibility for any elected official of a party to sponsor a candidate for the presidential election other than the one chosen by the party within or outside the party.

RECOMMENDATION TO THE NATIONAL POLITICAL CLASS

Continue to work tirelessly to preserve the climate of national peace and cohesion necessary for stability, living together and implementing development initiatives;

To popularize the various constitutional and legislative documents in order to contribute to better inform and train citizens to dispel rumours and false information distilled to manipulate public opinion. These are the law amending the Constitution of 11 December 1990, the corrective laws to the Charter of Political Parties and the Electoral Code, once they have been promulgated;

Encourages political parties in the process of formalisation to continue their efforts towards legal recognition in order to be able to participate in the national political debate.

STATEMENT ON THE NIGERIA BORDERS CLOSURE

Deplores the unilateral closure of its borders by Nigeria in violation of the various ECOWAS agreements on the free movement of persons and goods as well as the principles of the Free Trade Area and Good Neighbourly Relations Agreement;

Recommends that the Government continue its diplomatic efforts to ensure a successful resolution of the situation, the effects of which on national economic activity are felt by the people;

Invites people to take this challenge as an opportunity and urges them to economic patriotism through the consumption of what we produce, and the production of what we consume; it is at this price that we will develop a strong, responsible and autonomous economy.

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