Carter Center Encourages Proper Dispute Resolution Means

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As Liberia prepares for a presidential runoff election, The Carter Center acknowledges the historic opportunity for the country to proceed with a peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected president to another.

The center understands that some parties are challenging the election, and we are glad that today they have reiterated their commitment to using the appropriate legal dispute-resolution procedures provided in Liberian law, stated a press release yesterday.

Complaints filed by these parties remain under consideration by the National Elections Commission. The Carter Center’s election observation mission has been observing the proceedings and will continue to follow the process, the release confirmed.

The Carter Center encourages all political parties to continue to use the existing electoral dispute-resolution mechanisms. The parties should allow the dispute process, including any and all appeals, to proceed and should respect the final decisions of the adjudicating bodies.

“It is imperative that all political parties allow the NEC and the courts to fulfill their function in this process and respect the court’s final decisions,” Jason Carter, chairman of The Carter Center Board of Trustees, said following a press conference held yesterday by political parties currently challenging the election.

The Carter Center released a statement two days after the elections that covered its observations of Election Day, election preparations, and the campaign. The mission’s findings were based on a long-term observation effort that began in 2016 and included the deployment of more than 50 international election observers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties on Election Day. The mission remains in the country to observe the completion of the tabulation process and the adjudication of disputes.

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