A Cape Verdean lawyer becomes the head of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC). On 7 August 2019, Maria do Rosario Lopes Pereira Goncalves from Cabo Verde was elected ECONEC president for a two-year mandate. She takes over from Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC Nigeria and will be in charge of overseeing the affairs of ECONEC along with the steering committee members. Prior to her nomination, she was the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) in Cabo Verde, a position that she occupied since May 2015. Ms Lopes Pereira Goncalves also served at the civil court of first instance in the region of Santa Catarina, Santiago Island, in 2008. She was appointed to the court of first instance of Praia in 2014. She holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon.