Liberian presidential runoff free, truthful — ECOWAS, AU



By Harrison Arubu
The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia has launched its preliminary report on Tuesday’s presidential runoff polls within the nation, declaring it as peaceable, clear and truthful.

Head of the mission and former President of Ghana, Mr John Mahama, introduced the report at a joint press convention with the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in Monrovia on Wednesday night.

However, Mahama was fast to notice that the declaration was restricted to the purpose of vote counting.

· Cue in: John Mahama

“The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission famous with satisfaction the peaceable conduct of the Dec. 26, 2017 ballot within the Republic of Liberia.

“Most of the polling locations visited opened not later than 15 minutes after the official opening time of eight a.m., with an efficient presence of representatives of each events (CDC and UP) in all of the polling locations lined.

“On the entire, the processing of voters and the casting of ballots adopted acceptable requirements and have been in accordance with the legal guidelines and procedures governing elections within the nation.’’

· Cue out

The mission appealed to the 2 candidates within the runoff and their supporters to simply accept the need of the electoral, and discover authorized technique of looking for redress within the occasion of real grievances.

While congratulating Liberians for his or her endurance, dedication and peaceable conduct to this point, the ECOWAS workforce appealed to them to maintain the spirit till the top of the method.

In its preliminary report introduced by its Head of mission, Mr Erastus Mwencha, the AU workforce stated the runoff was performed in an orderly and environment friendly method and in a peaceable ambiance.

It noticed that there was important enchancment within the administration of the method, particularly within the space of queue management and identification of voters.

“The mission concludes that regardless of the authorized challenges confronted by NEC, compounded by the restricted timeline to arrange, the Dec. 26, 2017 presidential runoff election was performed in an orderly and environment friendly method, inside a peaceful and peaceable surroundings.

“The mission commends all Liberians for his or her endurance through the authorized challenges, which demonstrated their sturdy dedication to peace and democratic consolidation.

“All stakeholders ought to proceed to try for a sustained peace and peaceable transition and democratic consolidation.’’

Like its ECOWAS counterpart, the AU mission additionally urged stakeholders dissatisfied with the end result of the runoff to hunt redress solely by means of authorized means.

Both missions stated they might situation complete reviews inside three months after the announcement of the ultimate outcomes.