Candidates, Political Parties urged to accept Results Being Announced by NEC
The Head of the Delegation of the European Union Parliament, currently in Liberia to observe the elections, Leopoldo Lopez Gil, has called on political parties and candidates to accept the results of the October 10 elections as announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
“In our capacity as democratically elected politicians, my colleagues and I urge all political leaders to accept the election outcome and peacefully address any disputes through the courts,” he stated during a press conference held by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Monrovia recently.’’
The EU EOM praised the Liberian Government and the National Elections Commission(NEC) for conducting transparent and well-handled elections. They also commended Liberians for their peaceful and vibrant democratic participation on October 10.
“Liberian voters demonstrated their commitment to the democratic process by participating in large numbers in the General Elections on Tuesday. The technical preparations and the execution of Election Day were well administered. While the campaign was mostly peaceful and lively, and the press was free to cover all aspects of the campaign, the use of government platforms and state resources gave an advantage to the incumbency,” said Chief Observer Andreas Schieder.
A total of 100 EU EOM observers reported from over 417 polling places in rural and urban areas across 14 out of the 15 counties in Liberia. Schieder noted that the results tabulation process is still ongoing, and the EU EOM will continue to observe the process, including the handling of complaints and appeals. He also stated that Liberia’s legal framework provided a reasonable basis for the conduct of democratic elections.
Sinoe County’s Election Challenges Addressed
During her daily press briefing, the NEC Chairperson, Madam Davidetta Brown Lansannah, reported that the delayed elections in some parts of Sinoe were successfully conducted on Wednesday and were expected to conclude on Thursday, October 12.
She also shared information about the disruption of the vote counting process at a precinct comprising two polling places in electoral district 4, Beolontuo Public School with precinct code 33258. According to her, the Upper Nimba Magistrate informed the Commission that the Police were dispatched to the area, but due to the challenging terrain, they were yet to return with feedback. The Commission promised to provide updates as soon as more information becomes available.
Madam Lansanah also mentioned a fire incident at the magisterial office of Upper Bong County due to an electrical fault in the Conference Room. She assured that the fire was extinguished, and all election materials remained intact, with the tally process continuing without any further issues.
Change Election Date – ECOWAS
Meanwhile, the ECOWAS Commission Observation Mission has emphasized the need for the Legislature and other critical stakeholders in the country to consider the review of relevant portions of the Liberian Constitution and electoral law to allow elections to be held during the dry season.
During a press conference held on Thursday to provide updates on its observations of election activities in the country, the Mission stated that allowing elections to be held in the dry season would enable election workers and materials to reach hard-to-reach destinations more efficiently.
Professor Attahiru Jega, the Head of the ECOWAS Observation Mission, noted that there were challenges associated with infrastructure and their impact on the smooth conduct of the elections. He urged the government to implement measures to improve infrastructure conditions.