ANC Issues Statement On Liberia’s Electoral Outcome

ANC Political Leader, Alexander Benedict Cummings

The presidential candidate of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Benedict Cummings, the opposition political party which overwhelmed  the just ended October 10, 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections by pulling huge votes, has officially issued a statement today, October 17, 2017  at a news conference.

Below is the full text of the statement read by the Party’s political leader:

My Fellow Liberians and ANC Partisans:

A sincere thank you to all of our dedicated supporters and to every Liberian that participated in our recent hallmark Presidential Elections. Your passion, energy and love for our country inspires me and strengthens our resolve as a party to continue to fight for the Liberia we all deserve!

Many of you took the time to wake up early and exercise your civic duty. Whatever your reasons were, and whoever your choice was, you were involved in the democratic process of our nation. For that I am grateful. That single act of exercising your right to vote demonstrates your commitment to Liberia and participation in its future.

While I am thankful for a peaceful process and the impressive turn-out of voters, I am very concerned about the integrity and subsequent validity of the recent election outcomes. I am also disturbed by the reportedly thousands of Liberians that were denied their constitutional right to vote due to inefficiencies and negligence in the administration of the process.

From stolen ballot boxes, to mix-matched tally sheets, to centers moved with no notice to voters, to the intimidation of poll watchers, and an unprecedented number of both invalid votes and turned-away voters, it is clear that our election process lacked the capacity, preparedness and consistent application of the rules to ensure that the votes of the Liberian people were protected with a guarantee of results that reflect the true will of the Liberian people.

During my campaign, I outlined many of the reasons why we are where we are as a country, consistently noting that if we keep doing the same things, we will not get different results. Today I find that to be truer than ever.

The acceptance of an incompetent, inefficient and rigged electoral process is an illustration of that expression. By accepting current election results without challenge amid the numerous and wide spread improprieties, we the Liberian people, would again be accepting the same behaviors and tolerating the same injustices.

As Liberians, we will never fully be empowered to exercise our constitutional rights — and Liberia will never change — if we tolerate mediocrity and corruption in any facet of the electoral process. We cannot do the same things and expect different results.

So, after much consultation and initial review of substantive evidence, I find it my duty and responsibility as a Liberian that is dedicated to creating change and reform, to explore challenging the purported outcome of the recent election.

To this end, we have engaged expert assistance to conduct a detailed review of our findings with a view to verify and pursue every available avenue, legal and otherwise, to ensure a fair, transparent and valid election result.

I want to inform all my supporters and every Liberian whose rights may have been violated on Election Day that I will not stop until due process is served. I want to let you know that I am even more determined and passionate about helping change the process and this broken system.

After 170 years, Liberia deserves better! Lastly, I want to state emphatically that we, the ANC, would accept the outcome of the election as the will of the Liberian people if it was free, fair and competently conducted.

I ask each of you to please continue to remain calm during this very difficult period in our democracy. We must remain steadfast in the preservation of peace and stability of our great nation.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

God bless you. And God bless Liberia.

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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.