The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has cautioned Senegal authorities over the postponement of its presidential elections scheduled for February 25.
In a statement released on Tuesday, February 6, the ECOWAS Commission expressed concern over the unfolding situation in Senegal and advised against any action that may violate the country's constitution.
The regional bloc urged "all stakeholders to shun violence and all other actions that may further disturb the peace and stability of the country."
It also called on law enforcement agencies "to exercise utmost restraint and protect the fundamental rights of all citizens."
Senegal's parliament voted on February 5 to approve an extension of President Macky Sall's term and postpone the election to December 15 amid disputes over the electoral rolls.
The move was viewed by the opposition as a ploy by President Sall to cling to power unconstitutionally.
"The ECOWAS Commission encourages the political class to take steps urgently to restore the electoral calendar in accordance with the provisions of Senegal's Constitution," the statement further noted.
It added that ECOWAS will "take all necessary steps to support the government and people of Senegal in their efforts to sustain the country's democratic tradition."