ANC, Others Commit to Violence-free Elections

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Twenty-two (22) political parties that recently took part in the National Elections Commission (NEC)-organized Inter-Party Consultative Committee have pledged to support free, fair and non-violent elections at the October polls.

The parties presented their resolution to the NEC, United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL), and other partners.

NEC chairman, Jerome Korkoya described the commitment as a remarkable development. He appealed to political party leaders to uphold peaceful elections.

He said women’s political participation is encouraging and urged them to preach peace in all their election activities across the country.

“Elections are not only fighting for political office, but to ensure that their conduct is free, fair and transparent,” Cllr. Korkoya said.

He assured representatives of the political parties and the international community that the NEC will remain ethical and transparent during the October elections.

Some of the parties that committed to peaceful elections included the Alternative National Congress, Coalition for Democratic Change, Movement for Progressive Change, All Liberian Coalition Party, National Patriotic Party, United People’s Party, Vision of Liberia Transformation, True Whig Party, Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, Alternative National Congress, All Liberian Party, Movement for Economic Empowerment, and the ruling Unity Party.

Meanwhile, African Union Representative Prosper Addo commended the political parties for their great work, and for coming up with a resolution that sets the basis to support free and fair elections.

He described the effort as instrumental, especially since it is meant to maintain the peace Liberians are enjoying.

“Peace is non-negotiable, and violence is not an option, so we must reconcile and work together to ensure that peace reigns, even before and after elections,” Mr. Addo said.

Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told the representatives of the political parties that their commitment to dialogue must persevere.

He called on them to make use of the adequate space that is given them to continue on the path of peace. “We need transparent, free and fair elections, and everybody should raise the issue of peace.”

It may be recalled that from September 21-23, 2016, Liberian political parties met at an Inter-Party Consultative Committee meeting in Ganta, Nimba County and agreed on a strategy to ensure peaceful and credible elections in October.

At the end of the meeting, they issued a resolution to pursue a common goal with a strong commitment to ensuring inclusive, transparent and credible elections.

The Ganta Declaration was supported by the NEC and United Nations Development Program’s election project with funding from the European Union and Sweden in cooperation with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems that receives financing from USAID.

At the end of the forum, a member of the opposition, ANC’s national vice chair for political affairs, Ulysses D. Barchue, expressed thanks and appreciation to the organizers.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s surrogate party ANC and her mercenary NEC chairman Jerome Korkoyah trying hard to mak e that circus appear to be what it could never be?

    • So who is the true surrogate of Ellen? First you claimed Brumskine, now it’s ANC. You are a confused individual. EJS and Korkoya are trying to conduct a fair, peaceful, and transparent election. All of you conspiracists should stop spreading falsehoods.

  2. Jerome, its not about who is true or false surrogates of Ellen. It is not surprising you do not know surrogates of such a leader are usually many, since in fact, you had no idea about the doctrine of citizen suits against those who have violated some particular or general statutory or constituional laws.

    One who is an alien and mercenary heading such a commision can never be “trying to conduct a fair, peaceful and transparent election”, not to talk about a president whose fate of spending the rest of her life in imprisonment for her war crimes and her abuses of power is certain if her successor is not her choice.

    What should worry you is the fact that those making the case against you are not ordinary citizens, but rather diehard revolutuionaries (Dr. Tipoteh, two former solicitor generals, a respected civic organization, and a political movement THE NDC headed by Dew Mayson) who once supported the very Ellen but have seen through her duplicity, and hence decided to speak out against her and her diabolical deeds.

    • You are truly a nutcase. Why are you calling me Jerome when you do not know me? Ellen is going to peacefully retire so keep dreaming about prosecuting her for war crimes. Tipoteh, a failed ideologue, tried to cause trouble and failed. NDC, Tipoteh’s decertified political party, will also fail. I’ve already explained to you that Gongloe and Supuwood are idiots.

  3. Jerome, its not about who is true or false surrogates of Ellen. It is not surprising you do not know surrogates of such a leader are usually many, since in fact, you had no idea about the doctrine of citizen suits against those who have violated some particular or general statutory or constituional laws.

    One who is an alien and mercenary heading such a commission can never be “trying to conduct a fair, peaceful and transparent election”, not to talk about a president whose fate of spending the rest of her life in imprisonment for her war crimes and her abuses of power is certain if her successor is not her choice.

    What should worry you is the fact that those making the case against you are not ordinary citizens, but rather diehard revolutuionaries (Dr. Tipoteh, two former solicitor generals, a respected civic organization, and a political movement THE NDC headed by Dew Mayson) who once supported the very Ellen but have seen through her duplicity, and hence decided to speak out against her and her diabolical deeds.

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  4. Jerome, knowing you or not knowing you is irrelevant. Of course like her erstwhile ally – Taylor, Ellen shall retire peacefully in prison whether Dr. Tipoteh is a patriot, partisan, ideologue, or loyalist, for ensuring you or any other foreigner at the NEC is fired and prosecuted. This is your fate Jerome.

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