Massive Turnout At Polling Centers, As ECOWAS Head Of Delegation Expresses Satisfaction

Turing several polling centers and civil society groups, the head of ECOWAS Observing Misson to Liberia, Ambassador Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, along with Ambassador Josephine Nkrumah, ECOWAS Resident Representative to Liberia and others observers expressed satisfaction on the massive of turnout of Liberians to vote and choose their leaders at various polling centers.

The delegation also used the occasion to toured several civil society groups including Women’s Situation Room (WRS) composed of eminent women from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Zimbabwe, with the aimed at promoting a peaceful and inclusive electoral process during these elections poured praises on ECOWAS and other international community for standing by Liberia.

Giving detail of her institution to Ambassador Attahiru Muhammadu Jega and his team, the head of the group, Cllr. Dr. Yvette Chesson- Wureh said the group, WSR approach involves a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy, bringing together women leaders, political parties, security agencies, election management bodies, and other key actors to support and advocate for peaceful elections.

According Cllr. Chesson-Wureh said the WSR concept was initiated in 2011 was adopted by the African Union as a unique mechanism that seeks to prevent conflict before, during, and after elections, and further noted that this initiative also seeks to combat hate speech, and political violence and enhance peaceful co-existence during and after the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

She also disclosed that WSR serves as a neutral space where women can monitor the electoral process, mitigate tensions, and mediate disputes.  The WSR ensures that women’s voices are heard, and their concerns addressed, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and peaceful electoral environment.

For party, Ambassador Jega thanked the women for such unique initiative, and said their effort towards a free, fair and transparent elections in Liberia must be upheld by all Liberians including those political players who are opting for state power.

Earlie, the delegation also visited the Situation Rooms of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC),  National Election Observers where representatives of these institutions assured the delegation of their respective obligation to adequately educate the Liberian people on how reject any electoral during these elections.

 

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