The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Special Representative to Liberia, Babatunde Ajisomo, says the 2017 Presidential and General Election is “very crucial” to the post-conflict rebuilding efforts of Liberia.
He said the election represents the first time in decades that there will be transition from one democratically-elected government to another in Liberia.
Ambassador Ajisomo’s statement was read by Lola Osunlalu, Special Assistant to the ECOWAS Ambassador, on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day Inter-agency Consultative Forum on Election Security held in Monrovia.
According to Ajisomo, there is need for the establishment of a national security strategic body to coordinate all electoral activities with the inclusion of all stakeholders, including NEC, political parties, civil society and youth groups.
He thanked the National Elections Commission and partners for organizing such forum ahead of the 2017 Presidential and General Elections.