Twenty of Liberia’s twenty-two political parties have called on the Liberian government to set up a free hotline to help stakeholders monitor and report situations that have the tendency to derail the peace during and after the October elections.
The appeal was made after the parties signed “The Farmington River Declaration” committing themselves to holding peaceful elections and judicial resolution of election disputes in Liberia, according to a release by the Governance Commission.
ECOWAS and other world leaders witnessed the signing of the Declaration during the ECOWAS Summit held last Sunday at the Farmington River Hotel in Margibi County.
The Declaration commits standard bearers and their political parties to ensure that the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections are held within the confines of the law and other international standards pertaining to free, fair, and transparent democratic elections.
The thirteen count resolution commits signatories to resolve election disputes through mediation and the courts; preventing election violence; peaceful political campaign activities; and to closely work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that they effectively perform their duties before, during and after the 2017 elections.
The political leaders also promised to hold themselves accountable for promoting the effective political leadership of the campaign against electoral violence, impunity, and injustice.
The leaders of the political parties have meanwhile mandated the mediation committee, which the Inter-Religious Council is a part of, to consult with the National Legislature to act with deliberate urgency to pave the way for the peaceful conduct of the 2017 elections.