Advises runoff contenders and their supporters to refrain from acts or statements that undermine peace and stability
The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has commended the National Elections Commission for conducting transparent and peaceful elections on time.
A statement issued yesterday by its president, Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, said the enthusiasm and patience exhibited by voters clearly demonstrate Liberians’ commitment to ensuring that the country remains peaceful and stable.
“We call on all political parties and their supporters to continue to maintain the spirit of political maturity and seek legal means to address any grievances they may have.
“We also call on the NEC to put into place proper mechanisms to avoid the re-occurrence of those discrepancies that happened during the October 10 elections on Nov. 7,” the statement said.
The LCC further called on the NEC to expeditiously investigate all complaints brought before it by aggrieved parties for election irregularities.
According to the statement, the LCC is working to collaborate with churches and church-related organizations to uphold the moral responsibility to make sure that peace and stability prevail in Liberia.
“We recognize the pivotal role the church has played and continues to play in electoral processes by educating and sensitizing our members and the general citizenry during the past elections and now.
“Consistent with this noble obligation, the LCC was accredited by the NEC to observe and monitor the October 10 polls,” the statement said.
The council also commended the Liberia National Police, Immigration and private security personnel that were deployed at various polling places to ensure peace and security.
The LCC statement noted the important role the media played before and during the elections, but admonished the media to remain vigilant, unbiased and objective in their reporting.
Finally, the council called on supporters of the two political parties in the run-off elections, Unity Party (UP) and Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), to desist, abstain, refrain from, and stop all forms of negative propaganda, statements, and actions that will undermine the peace and stability in the country.