The Liberia Elections Early Warning and Response Group (LEEWARG) has called on President-elect, Senator George Manneh Weah, to now consider himself as the leader of the country and not to discriminate against any one, even those who campaigned against him.
LEEWARG’s co-chairman, Richard R. Tolbert III, who read the fifth press statement at ECOWAS Mission Office in Monrovia over the weekend, said his organization welcomes the decision of the Liberian people as expressed through the votes on December 26, 2017, runoff presidential election.
“Mr. Weah is everybody’s President now, and as such, LEEWARG has therefore called on the President-elect to treat all with love and care. LEEWARG calls on the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and their supporters to see their victory as an opportunity to provide leadership for all Liberians, to foster reconciliation, keep the peace and to promote sustainable development,” Tolbert said.
He noted that while Weah becoming president of Liberia is a ‘great history making’ moment, it is also important to note that the country is at a crossroad, depending on the right decisions Mr. Weah will take.
LEEWARG said the electoral processes were characterized by challenges and “expresses confidence in the electoral process, especially in terms of the manner in which the National Elections Commission (NEC) conducted the elections, taking into consideration the corrective adjustments made to ease the tensions and foster fuller participation of all Liberians. By our observation, the election was free, fair and transparent,” Tolbert declared.
The LEEWARG co-chair also congratulated Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai for his re-conciliatory concession speech that laid the ground for his supporters and all Liberians to accept the results.
He further noted that LEEWARG recognizes the important and supportive role played by the international community and their support that made the electoral process successful.
“We urge them to remain engaged with the incoming government to consolidate and promote development,” Tolbert said.
LEEWARG, meanwhile, gave the media thumbs up, but also called for a continuous support to the democratic process by maintaining a high degree of tolerance and professionalism. “Similarly, we want to reiterate our appeal to all Liberians to remain cautious of information disseminated on social media. The Situation Room has made the following Hot Lines for the public to use when necessary, more so in an effort to correct the wrongs: 0555022320 and 0777977167,” he said.