IREDD Endorses U.S. Call for Immediate Runoff

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Amid mixed reactions from Liberians on the recent statement by United States Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Christine Elder, expressing confidence in the integrity of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections and urging all parties to speed up with the runoff process, a civil society organization (CSO) has welcomed the United States’ position, arguing that the October 10 elections did not reflect what most of the aggrieved political parties have stated as systemic fraud and irregularities.

The Institute for Research & Democratic Development (IREDD) that works with independent international organizations to help people in conflict to prevent violence, resolve conflict and promote peaceful societies said, “While we acknowledge that there were isolated irregularities as a result of incompetence, those issues are not sufficient to undermine the fundamental integrity of the electoral process.”

IREDD Executive Director Harold M. Aidoo added: “We, therefore, urge all political parties, particularly the aggrieved parties, to put country above self and personal and political interest and allow the transition process to proceed.”

Liberia not an island

Pointing out to political parties and individuals that Liberia is an independent sovereign nation, Aidoo said Liberia is part of the comity of nations and signatory to several international protocols and instruments which Liberia is bound to uphold.

“Many countries have vested interests in the peace and security of this nation as much as every Liberian does,” Aidoo stated.

More importantly, he said the just ended October 10 elections were largely funded by international partners and donors, therefore for any political party or group of people to think that “we are a sovereign nation and so we can do anything and the comity of nations or the global world would sit idly by and watch, they are sadly mistaken.”

NEC & Supreme Court are advised

IREDD welcomed the urgency with which the NEC has accorded the hearing process so far and further called on the NEC to exercise impartiality, professionalism, and urgency to bring the matter to a close. IREDD also advised the Supreme Court to render its decision based on the supreme interest of the country.

“IREDD believes that Liberia is our common political interest, therefore in the midst of all the legal claims and political bickering, we must never compromise our country’s interest, the security of our state must never be threatened and our emerging democracy must never fail,” he said.

Salutes candidates

IREDD applauded all the Representative-elects and welcomed them to the 54th Legislature, saying that it will be reaching out to these candidates to discuss  how to support them and their staff to enable them to work more effectively for the Liberian people. IREDD also recognized members of the 53rd Legislature who have been reelected to form part of the 54th Legislature and congratulated them for the confidence they continue to enjoy from their respective constituencies.

12 COMMENTS

  1. If the international community says there is no fraud to warrant a re-run and they are requesting for that, will they sponsor the re – run?

  2. Indeed! It’s only one World. Liberia is part of it. The U.S has every right to monitor and make absolutely necessary recommendations to Liberia’s ELECTORAL PROCESS.

  3. I disagree! Every normal legal process is good for countries with aspiration of civility. The alternative to due process is cowardice. Why hasn’t the United States Government denounced corruption or require restrictions for foreign aid to corrupt countries? With rising ritualistic killings and excessive salaries and benefits of corrupt politicians, skyrocketing unemployment and crushing poverty, over 500,000 registered Liberian voters refusing to give their stamp of approval to continuation of corruption, clearly, the system of governance in Liberia is corrupt and deadly by design and deserves to be abandoned. The United States nurtures and sponsors corrupt governments in countries considered “friendly” and hides the corruption from American taxpayers to justify their continued nurturing and sponsorship of corrupt governments. “99 days for rogue, but one day for the master.” http://www.mastersday.com

  4. Mr. Aidoo of Ghana, Liberians are talking about the rule of law of their country. Only our courts are clothed with the authority after looking at the facts of the matter to determine whether or not there was fraud. No country or international body has the right to dictate the decision of this matter. We are a sovereign and independent country capable of determining what is best for ourselves and our posterity. We do not take dictation from foreigners who know little or nothing about our laws regarding fraud. We will listen only to our Supreme Court the final arbiter of justice and not mere observers with personal opinions that have no legal basis.

  5. A critical question here should be, were “irregularities” so big that they could have affected outcome of the October 10 results; for example, UP and CDC not the top finishers? Exit polls – which is a poll of people leaving a polling place, and asking them how they voted – weren’t done nationwide, thus, technically, the answer remains unknowable. However, the perception is that NEC got it right, UP and CDC led the pack, an assessment supported by history, 2005 and 2011 run – off elections. It is therefore not surprising that the vast majority Country – Congua downtrodden aren’t persuaded by the reasons advanced in Brumskine’s case.

    No wonder, then, many suspect a probable motive for stalemate is to delay until this presidential term expires for a member of the Legislature – Speaker, Deputy Speaker – to form a provisional government in lieu of new elections. One would have dismissed that narrative as intentional misperception except for four eye – openers.

    First, litigants who are mad about EJS’s refusal or reluctance to endorse badly want to deprive her of an expected legacy she bragged about at the UN, overseeing democratic transfer of power. Second, few individuals crave settling scores, and believe a CDC government won’t hold her accountable, at all. Third, in a recent interview given to a local newspaper, LP’s Brumskine left no doubt that the impasse would go on beyond January 13, 2018. Fourth, from experience with warring factions’ delaying gimmicks at the various peace negotiating forums in Cotonou, Lome, Accra, etc., undeniably, our few powerful elites seem to lack empathy or compassion for the painful plight of the many poor and helpless the society. For instance, like today, they argued for months over the word ‘concommitant’ while their ‘soldiers’ raped the nation’s resources though trapped noncombatants – children, women, the old and sick – were dying from hunger, diseases, and mindless violence.

    To end, we are a wicked people, and it’s about time to turn another page before we self – destruct, once again.

    • Sylvester Moses, this is one time I totally disagree with your analysis. The issue at hand goes beyond Ellen. Fraudulent elections in whatever disguise must be checkmated. You, more than any one else, should know the disastrous​ consequences of fraudulent elections in Liberia, including the cataclysmic Charles Taylor war that today sees you in exile. Hope you got the point. Let’s be patient, as hurry, hurry can burst trousers. Meeting constitutional timelines, inauguration schedule, etc. means nothing when considered in the context of the instability that fraudulent elections can cause thanks to an incompetent and manipulated elections commission .

  6. Make no mistake, Liberians are very aware of what constitutes minimum and
    massive irregularities, fraud and lack of transparency in elections all the ways
    from late Presidents Tubman, Tolbert and Samuel K. Doe; and let me add Mr.
    Charles Taylor too, then Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. In 2005 elections, we the
    ballots from Southeastern Liberia thrown from an helicopter flown by United
    Nations pilot into the dense forest, fearing that those ballots might contain
    an overwhelming winning ballots for George Manneh Weah. But by the time
    those ballots were fouind by hunters in the forest, results of the 2005 had
    been announced in Monrovia. So, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won that kind of way.

    For goodness sake, there has got to be a time that this country must be
    allowed to be a country especially when it has and continues to live with all
    these elections irregularities, frauds and lack of transparency in the conduct
    of the Liberian people’s elections. To the United States Embassy near Monrovia,
    Europeans and other organizations, especially the United States of America,
    where in the world have you helped this country called Liberia to clean up its
    ugly acts of corruption so that the country can move on to development? None!
    Now that Liberians are trying their level best and say we have long lived with
    these corruptions especially in elections, let us clean the process up. What does
    it do you if the country does its best rid it of corruption?

    On the national front calling for speedy end, we hear some voices of partisan in
    them. But, enough is enough! Let Liberia try its level best to clean up itself, please!

  7. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. November 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Make no mistake, Liberians are very aware of what constitutes minimum and
    massive irregularities, fraud and lack of transparency in elections all the ways
    from late Presidents Tubman, Tolbert and Samuel K. Doe; and let me add Mr.
    Charles Taylor too, then Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. In 2005 elections, there were the
    ballots from Southeastern Liberia thrown from an helicopter flown by United
    Nations pilot into the dense forest, fearing that those ballots might contain
    an overwhelming winning ballots for George Manneh Weah. But by the time
    those ballots were fouind by hunters in the forest, results of the 2005 had
    been announced in Monrovia. So, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won that kind of way.

    For goodness sake, there has got to be a time that this country must be
    allowed to be a country especially when it has and continues to live with all
    these elections irregularities, frauds and lack of transparency in the conduct
    of the Liberian people’s elections. To the United States Embassy near Monrovia,
    Europeans and other organizations, especially the United States of America,
    where in the world have you helped this country called Liberia to clean up its
    ugly acts of corruption so that the country can move on to development? None!
    Now that Liberians are trying their level best and say we have long lived with
    these corruptions especially in elections, let us clean the process up. What does
    it do you if the country does its best rid it of corruption?

    On the national front calling for speedy end, we hear some voices of partisan in
    them. But, enough is enough! Let Liberia try its level best to clean up itself, please!

  8. Granted that there is a plethora of issues with NEC, let’s not REFORM our electoral system in the middle of a significantly transformational race. After all, as chapter 1, article 1 of the constitution tells us, “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their ‘authority’ and for their ‘benefit’… and the people have the right… to cause their public servants to leave office… and to fill vacancies by regular elections…”

    This means the overblown ongoing orchestrated procrastination to usher in an alternative ostensibly “constitutional” government headed by the Speaker violates the preeminent right of the people. Frankly, as a front row witness to how mind-bogglingly our country slid into madness, I would be a moron to be silent when the few, once again, regardless of the wishes of the many, are arrogantly taking the country toward another precipice.

  9. Mr. Zinnah Gotombo,
    When things became “Uncertain”. it is our West African brothers that came and die here for our own problem that we created. They left their wives and children, never to be seen again. Do you know how sad that is? Packing you into war boats and sending you across ocean just to go and die for someone else’s stupidity? We Liberian must learn to be grateful. Mr Aidoo may be a Ghanaian, he is member of ECOWAS. He may have some distant relative that is serving in the Ghanaian Arm Forces. Arrogantly, some of us Liberians are sitting saying, this is our sovereign problem. Yes, we all know it is our sovereign problem, however, the arrival of military corpses to their various countries, is still fresh in their minds. Statistics have shown to the world that we Liberian, cannot solve our problems intellectually short of violence means. So let’s give our ECOWAS Brothers and sister chance to comments too. Because they serving at the FRONTIER, of Liberia conflict. They are the first people US, UN and EU will reach out to when HELL BRAKE LOOSE.

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