The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INHCR) has reinforced its expectation of the conduct of a peaceful elections tomorrow as eligible, registered voters go to the polls to cast their ballots across the country, according to a press release.
The commission’s acting executive director said after several interactions with all stakeholders since last January about the conduct of a peaceful election, it is closing the process by reinforcing its commitment to ensure that the elections tomorrow remain within the “ambit of the law, respect for human rights, rule of law, peace and patriotism.”
The INHCR also called on authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), leaders of political parties and supporters, independent candidates, security personnel, the media and the public to exercise patriotism in ensuring that peace prevails during and after tomorrow’s elections.
In a related development, the commission said it is still awaiting the report from the different scenes of violence recorded between supporters of the Liberty Party and the Coalition for Democratic Change associated with the campaign and subsequent actions taken where possible, with the rule of law being fully observed during the investigation process.
The INHCR with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has meanwhile deployed 40 members of its observation team throughout the country to monitor tomorrow’s polls. The team is comprised of INHCR employees. Members of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) Secretariat will join efforts with INCHR County Human Rights Monitors NHRAP Agents of Change across the country.
“The team will be looking out for accessibility of voting centers, treatment of special groups (baby mothers, pregnant women, elderly persons, the disabled and security personnel), opening time, closing time and various ICCP and related issues among others,” the INHCR said in its release.
Following the closure of polling centers, the indicators from the team’s observation will feed into the commission’s election monitoring report, which will be released after the voting process.
The deployment of the INHCR team also forms part of the cooperation between the INHCR and the NEC.