Amid Liberia’s October 10 Polls, ECOWAS Election Observation Mission Urged
As Liberians preparing to go to the Polls on October 19, 2023, the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Resident Representative to Liberia Ambassador Josephine Nkrumah has urged dozens of ECOWAS Observers of Election Observation Mission to be more vigilant that Liberia’s October 10 election be more credible and transparence.
In her welcome remarks at a local hotel in Monrovia, Ambassador Nkrumah, explained the cordial relationship with the country’s electoral body, the National Elections Commission (NEC) promising that the Commission assured her of the conduct of a credible and transparence elections during the polls, and however expressed disappointment to some of the political actors who are preaching hit messages ahead of the process.
Also speaking at the program, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Abdel – Fatua Musa also called on observers from ECOWAS states to perform their observation duties with professionalism and credibility in the performing of their duties, noting that this election in Liberia is critical, stressing, “Democracy is not an event but a process”, he further urged Liberians to have faith in the process.
For his part, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission also added his voice by urging members of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia to be more professional in the performing of their respective duties as Monitors and Observers during Liberia’s crucial election on October 10, 2023.
Prof. JEGA and his team during their stay in the country will hold working sessions with different stakeholders, including the National Elections Commission (NEC), government, civil society organisations, the media, security agencies, as well as political parties and candidates, in order to ensure the smooth conduct of the electoral process.
An estimated 2,471,617 voters out of Liberia’s population of 5.4 million are expected to elect the new President of Liberia, fifteen (15) Senators and seventy-three (73) members of the House of Representatives.
In accordance with the provisions of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance relating to the observation of elections and ECOWAS assistance, the West African Organisation has deployed a 95-member election observation mission, comprising 80 short-term observers and 17 long-term observers.
The ECOWAS short-term observers are drawn from the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, the ECOWAS Parliament and the Community Court of Justice, Member States’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs, electoral management bodies and civil society organisations.