The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission to Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, the organization said in a press release yesterday.
Six long-term observers recently joined a core team of experts already on the ground. Together, the team represents six countries. The Center’s observers will meet regularly with representatives of the National Elections Commission, political party candidates, civil society organizations, the international community, and citizen election observers to assess electoral preparations and the pre-electoral environment, including election administration, campaigning, voter education, and other issues. They will be joined by a larger delegation of election observers in October that will assess the voting, counting, and tabulation processes.
“The Carter Center has a long history in Liberia and great respect for the Liberian people,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. “These will be the fourth elections we have observed in Liberia since 1997, and we trust they will be peaceful and inspire hope for the future.”
The Center began its observation of the upcoming elections last year, deployed a delegation to observe the voter registration process in February and March, and released two public statements on the pre-election environment that can be found on cartercenter.org.
The Carter Center has observed 104 elections in 39 countries. Its election observation mission is conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct that was commemorated at the United Nations in 2005 and has been endorsed by 49 election observation groups. The Center assesses the electoral process based on Liberia’s national legal framework and its obligations for democratic elections contained in regional and international agreements, the release concluded.