EU Calls for Swift End to Political Standoff

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Many of Liberia’s bilateral partners are now growing gravely concerned about the political standoff in the country following the October 10 presidential and representative elections. The results of recent polls pointed to a run-off election to have been held on Nov. 7 between Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and Senator George M. Weah who won the highest votes but not an absolute majority as required by the Constitution of Liberia.

Ahead of the November 7 run-off, however, Liberty Party, the third runner up in the elections, filed a suit to the Supreme Court claiming massive fraud and gross irregularities in the elections. What was supposed to be a historic election and peaceful transfer of political power after 73 years, turned into a messy impasse with a barrage of blame and arguments coming from every corner of the political arena.

The European Union (EU) and its member countries are the latest to join the field of jittery stakeholders frantically seeking an expeditious path out of the potentially volatile political contention, to a smooth democratic transition for Liberia’s stability and economic growth.
Liberia’s international partners, including the African Union Liaison Office (AULOL), the Office of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), last Monday expressed weariness of the situation if it is not resolved soon, which could affect the much anticipated smooth transition process that should be the first in over seven decades.

In a joint statement in Monrovia, the three organizations called for calm, stressed that the legal path is the best way to go. They also called for the expeditious adjudication of the ongoing election disputes.

But as concerns about the future of the country continue to pour in from many quarters during the prolonged impasse, the EU, in a press statement, said the constituted time for the transition must be adhered to.

The statement was issued jointly by the European Union Delegation to Liberia and the Embassies of EU Member States present in Liberia (France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.)

“We, therefore encourage all concerned to work constructively and in good faith to conclude the current complaints’ process without unnecessary delay, so that the electoral process can be completed in accordance with Constitutional timelines regarding the assumption of power by the next administration,” it said.

The EU said it is looking forward to continuing the cooperation with anyone that would be eventually elected. “We are looking up to working with Liberia’s new President and a new government.” The Liberian people demonstrated their commitment to democracy through the high turnout of voters on October 10 to cast their ballots in a peaceful atmosphere.

The EU has been and continues to follow the 2017 presidential and House of Representative elections with interest. Peace and security, together with democracy, good governance, and human rights, are some of the shared values at the heart of the EU-Africa partnership, the statement said.

The EU, meanwhile, congratulated both the Liberian people and political parties for the commitment shown to these values through the peaceful conduct of the electoral process so far, including through the use of the appropriate legal mechanisms to address any concerns. “Over the last twelve years the European Union has worked closely with Liberia to support both post-conflict reconstruction and long-term development,” it said.

“We would like to stress the importance of a smooth democratic transition for Liberia’s stability and economic growth,” it said. “It is now the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that the electoral process continues in a manner which respects the will of the people, thereby putting Liberia’s interests first. We trust that this will continue to be the case.”

11 COMMENTS

  1. The political establishments and their beneficiaries are holding Liberia as a hostage after failing to persuade ordinary Liberia voters to their side during the October 10 elections. They’re now playing delay tactics at the detriment of the suffering masses.

  2. BLAME THE SUPREME COURT FOR ITS INCOMPETENCE, INEXPERIENCE, AND INABILITY TO ADJUDICATE AND EFFECTIVELY ADVANCE THE LAWS OF THE LAND! LP’S CASE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO PROLONGED IF THE SUPREME COURT HAD SET A TIME PERIOD FOR NEC TO CONCLUDE ITS ADJUDICATION OF THE MATTER, ORDER A NEW RUN-UP ELECTION DATE SET, OR THE NEC SEEK “SUSPENSION” FROM THE COURT FOR MORE TIME TO CONCLUDE ITS PRECESS. THIS IS A NEW TRANSITIONAL ELECTION. THE SUPREME COURT HAS TO MONITOR, GUIDE, AND DIRECT THE NEC AND ENTIRE JUDICIAL PROCESS, AND/OR IF EFFECTIVELY NECESSARY RECALL THE CASE AND HAVE THE FULL BENCH ADJUDICATE IT! DOES NEC HAVE THE ABILITY AND CAPACITY TO ADJUDICATE LP’S AND OTHERS’ CASES? DOES IT NEED THE SUPREME COURT’S OVERSIGHT THROUGHOUT ITS PROCESS?

  3. Miss Forkpeye Kollie you are 100 % right. People who could not win election upright, after their failure to persuade the voters to fall for their lies, they turn to a hijacking holding the entire country hostage.

    It going to backfire. God does not buy ugly. Trust me

  4. “You can fool some people some time, but you can fool everybody all of the time”. The choice of the Liberian people wre in the numbers….it was shown on Oct. 10, 2017.
    The so-anarchist ( they refered to themselves as the educated one), have run out of tricks and have turned to delaying the entire process.
    NO RERUNNING ANY ELECTION, it is exactly what they want. They are plotting to plant in their MEN into any a new interim government that will circumvent the whole process. The more this whole election process is delayed, the happier they will be.

    It is like the story in the Bible about the two mothers confrontation over a baby that was brought to King Solomon. All of you know, no need to explain. The truth of the matter is, a loosing side always don’t care about damage. After all they are there to create spoil.

  5. Where were those [many] liberia’s bilateral partners when, in fact, the irregularities and frauds
    were happening under the eyes of their [European elections observer team] observer team?
    When the elections staff and workers were turning away matured and responsible legally
    registered voters from voting; they were allowing only the young uneducated, inexperienced
    and disrespectful young people to vote?

    Liberia has come a long way for apparently those who aided in bringing about the crisis the
    country is facing right now. Liberians know that George Manneh Weah played football several
    times in Europe in the past. Notwithstanding any pressure, an unwanted pressure from any
    source, Liberia has got to do things in compatible with its being sovereign nation. It would
    cost Liberia more than to fear external and internal pressure to turn from ridding the
    country of all and any elections maladies for we do not it to continue. At the same time,
    Liberia’s serious concern is to put the country in the hands of those young uneducated,
    inexperienced and disrespectful people. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia is
    fully aware what the issues are and is doing everything possible to rectify and clean
    our elections of any and all irregularities and frauds. And, indeed, the Liberian people
    appreciate that.

  6. Liberians, mostly the YOUTH! your future is in your hands. YOU vote Opong, You get total destruction of your future. Opon is ellen yard boy… No plan & vision. All Opong’s friends are all crooks. You trust them with you dollars, you shall regret it.

    Vote Boakai for better Liberia…Vote! Vote! Boakai

  7. Who is not ‘CROOK’, in Liberia. Look at the resumes of those that had won elections in Liberia. Let’s first begin with the GRAND OLE TRUE WHIG PARTY 1847 to 1980. The True Whig party ruled for 133 yrs. Of those years, non of our Indigenous PEOPLE ever had the chance to vote. If there was any election those days, it was done through selections of candidates, base on the choice of the True Whig Party hierarchies. One, in those days, has to be a TRUE WHIGER, in order to be employed in government, or to be socially accepted…education for and indigenous person means, he/she name has to be changed to Charles, Cooper, Dennis, Deshield etc.. to be educated.

    Came the Junta government 1980 to 1990. During the military regime of the late Samuel, we had two interesting period. The PRC years (April 12,1980 to July 1984). During these years, Liberia was ruled by decrees. The constitution was suspended, and the rule of law was out of civil environment. The INA (Interim National Assembly period), 1984 to the election of October 15, 1985…. when the Junta leader transformed himself from military leader to semi civilian, changing his age to contest the election. Doe won the elections, which, in some quarters, was alleged he took it from Jackson F. Doe of LAP.

    Taylor won the 1997 election, after lunching a bloody incursion into Liberia. Serving as rebel leader for about 7 years. Follow by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , who was described by many as war financier.

    Now, if George Weah wins this coming election, what difference, what difference does it made, compare to that of Ellen Sirleaf. What did Ellen Sirleaf got wrong during her administration, that will be practice in a George Weah regime, if it is true that he (Weah), is Ellen’s yard boy. Some Liberians cannot get over the idea of a Weah Presidency. If he is the choice of the Liberian people, well, let it be. Some of our politicians claim they are the most EDUCATED. Anyone supporting Weah or a CDC partisan is not educated to know any rational content of political governance. This idea is naïve and irrational. The people calling themselves the more educated are nothing but corrosive anarchists who, when things don’t go their way, are bent on throwing chaos and trouble. No wonder the American Embassy and EU are calling for a swift run off, not a rerun as our “EDUCATED TROUBLE MAKERS”, desired. Besides. If anyone did not want Mr. Weah running, he (Mr. Weah ) should had been stop before the election.

    We have gone too far to hurt our own citizens’ choice. The economy is fading, by the day. If this stalemate continue for another 2 months, the entire country will be on a lock down. Let’s have the run off, if Boikai wins, fine. If Weah wins, that ok. Investors and stakeholders cannot continue waiting for elections impass.

  8. The fact that who is not crook in Liberia does not ipso facto makes it right
    to continue to be a crookage country. That is why the Supreme Court of Liberia
    is making every effort to rid the country the crookage deals. Because, accprdomg
    to you everybody is crook in Liberia, therefore Liberians should allow crookage
    deals and behavior of the National Elections Commission irregularities and fraud
    to remain as it is, then you are not a good Liberian at all. Why? Because these
    electoral mal;adies had long enguled the country and we were doing nothing
    about them. But, not now nor anymore. The electoral messes nust be cleansed up.

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