Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has met with the Liberia’s main presidential candidates and sued for peace and transparency in Tuesday’s presidential run-off elections within the nation.
Jonathan, who’s co-leading the United States’ National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to the nation, made the attraction within the capital Monrovia.
The former president spoke throughout separate conferences with the 2 contestants within the race – former FIFA World Football Player of the yr, Mr. George Weah, and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.
His media adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, reported the conferences in an announcement on Tuesday morning.
While calling for a free and honest course of within the Boxing Day polls, he suggested the 2 presidential candidates to just accept the results of the elections within the curiosity of peace and stability in Liberia.
Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) are battling to succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, whose constitutional two phrases in workplace would finish in January.
Jonathan met with each males alongside former President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, and different NDI leaders, in keeping with Eze.
He famous that the way forward for Liberia relied on the end result of the run-off, urging Weah and Boakai to advise their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully through the election.
“In any election, there are winners and losers. Only one presidential candidate will probably be declared winner.
“The other should accept the election results to avoid a political crisis, especially if there are no good grounds to challenge the outcome,” he was quoted as saying.
Jonathan equally referred to as on the National Electoral Commission, safety businesses and different stakeholders to be conscientious in enjoying their position to make sure a “peaceable, inclusive and clear electoral course of’’.
“The financial system of Liberia will profit immensely from a optimistic and peaceable end result, as a free and honest course of would go a great distance in reassuring buyers that the nation is now secure for lasting funding.
“If the election fails it means Liberia has failed, it also means that Liberia has failed West Africa and failed the entire Africa.”
The former president famous that Nigeria and different West African nations performed very important roles in stabilising the nation, urging Liberians to not do something that might jeopardise the post-war peace within the land.
“ Although each candidates identified some lapses within the preparations, particularly with the problem of the voter register, they nevertheless agreed to just accept the end result of the outcomes.
Speaking on the assembly, Weah reportedly stated he was ready to just accept the end result of the election.
“If the Liberian folks resolve that the opposite facet can have one other twelve years within the Presidency, we are going to name and congratulate them.
“But as I said, if the election is free and fair, we are going to win. This is because we have worked so hard and our people want the change which we are offering,” he stated.
Jonathan and different NDI staff members additionally met with the chairman of NEC, Mr Jerome Korkoya, throughout which he emphasised the necessity for a clear, free and honest elections. (NAN)