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.
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.
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.