20 Political Parties Make Commitment To ECOWAS Leaders, Sign Declaration For Peaceful 2017 Election

The Political leader of the ANC attesting his signature to the document




Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the Unity Party

As Liberians are anxiously await Peaceful and credible general and presidential elections come October 10, 2017, ECOWAS has added its weight to this call, making sure that all the twenty political parties that have publicly vowed to participate in these elections commit themselves to this call.

Senator George Weah of CDC
Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party

To put pen to paper, the twenty political parties vying for state power in the presence of ECOWAS leaders at the 51st Ordinary Session of the organization held in the conference room of Farmington, at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on Sunday, June 4, 2017 signed what is now called “The Farmington River Declaration” committing themselves to the holding of peaceful elections and judicial resolution of election disputes in Liberia.

Amb. Wendell Mcintosh of the Change Democratic Action (CDA)

The thirteen counts resolution commits signatories to resolving election disputes through mediation and / or the counts preventing election violence; peaceful political campaign activities; and to closely work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that they effectively perform their duties before, during and after the 2017 elections.

The political parties also called on the Liberian Government to set up a free hotline to help stakeholders monitor and report on situations that have the propensity to derail the peace during and after the elections, these political leaders also promised to hold themselves accountable in promoting effective political leadership of the campaign against electoral violence, impunity and injustice.

The political parties have meanwhile mandated the mediation committee of which the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia is a part, to consult with the National Legislature to act  with deliberate urgency to pave the way for peaceful conduct of the 2017 general and presidential elections.

The Farmington River Declaration was read by Sister Mary L. Brown as hundreds of guests including leaders of ECOWAS listen attentively to hold accountable any one who violates this vow by the political parties.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.