The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Liberia Tiina Intelmann says the 2017 general and presidential elections will be another test to Liberia’s democracy.
One of the tests, she said, will be the conduct of the 2017 elections without the logistical support of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Intelmann, however, described the 2017 elections as “a fantastic chance” to further consolidate the country’s democracy.
She made the statement at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between registered political parties and the National Elections Commission (NEC) at its headquarters in Monrovia Friday.
She wants the 2017 elections centered on “real issues,” adding, “It is your responsibility to shape the election campaign so that it consolidates the society behind the issues that will move the country and its people to a better future.”
With the understanding that preparation is key to the electioneering process, the EU has already given US$10 million as grant for NEC to adequately prepare for the 2017 elections.
The EU envoy stressed the need for winners and losers of the 2017 elections to accept the outcome in an orderly manner that will lead the country ahead.
She expressed the EU’s hope that women will be given a bigger opportunity to participate in the 2017 elections.