In a critical announcement, the ECOWAS Commission has called upon the citizens of Liberia to exercise restraint in light of the forthcoming official election results.
The commission expressed concern over attempts by some Liberian stakeholders to prematurely declare victories or pressure the National Elections Commission (NEC).
The ECOWAS Commission has commended the peaceful voting process in Liberia and encourages the people to maintain their composure while awaiting the official provisional results from the NEC.
It emphasized the importance of adhering to the commitments outlined in the revised Farmington River Declaration on peaceful electoral processes, which has the endorsement of both the ECOWAS Commission and the United Nations.
Reminding Liberians of West Africa’s vital role in Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts, the ECOWAS Commission highlighted the sacrifices made by ECOWAS Community citizens and the contributions of the United Nations and international partners in post-conflict Liberia, including the current electoral process.
The ECOWAS Commission has strongly advised all Liberian stakeholders, including political parties and their leaders, to uphold democratic principles and respect the Liberian Constitution, relevant laws, and ECOWAS legal instruments, notably the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
Furthermore, the ECOWAS Commission issued a stern caution to all stakeholders, including political leaders, the National Elections Commission, and Liberia’s security services, stressing that ECOWAS, the African Union, and the international community will hold them accountable for any actions that may potentially lead to violence and instability.
The message is clear: patience and adherence to democratic norms are paramount as Liberia awaits its official election results.