Liberia Elections: Opposition Boycott Undermines Democratic Process - ECOWAS
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President of ECOWAS, James Victor Gbeho
In response to the withdrawal of Liberia’s main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to contest the second round of elections to select a leader to rule Liberia for the next 6years, the ECOWAS Commission President Victor Gbeho has issued a statement saying the boycott is unfortunate as it is intended to undermine the elections and the democratic process.

After being advised and impressed upon by the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority H.E. Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, the CDC standard bearer returned to Liberia and issued a statement calling on all CDC follwers and Liberians in general to stay away from the 2nd round of voting citing 'unaddressed CDC complaints about voting irregularities' during the 1st round of elections that took place on 11th October, 2011

According to Gbeho, "this action by the CDC and its standard bearer goes against the grain of the meeting he had with the Chairman of the comminssion who impressed upon Winston Tubman to partake in the electoral process as it was too late in the day to stage a boycott and against the relevant ECOWAS Protocols, for the CDC to demand changes that would require a consensual constitutional process of amending relevant electoral laws.

Gbeho says the ECOWAS "Commission deeply regrets the retrogressive tone of Ambassador Tubman's statement, which seeks to disrupt the concluding phase of the 2011 Presidential election" and adds that ECOWAS will proceed to recognize the verdict of the Liberian people provided the preparations and conduct of the second round of the presidential elections are adjudged by the competent authorities and endorsed by credible observers to be in accordance with the electoral laws of Liberia.

Ambassador Gbeho, further appealed to the CDC, and all Liberian stakeholders, not to miss this historic opportunity of consolidating democracy and peace in the country, and to actively participate in the 8 November poll and warned all to refrain from all unconstitutional practices that may mar the concluding phase of the electoral process.

He concluded with a caution to all political leaders and any individual or group of persons, that they will be held liable for any violence against their fellow citizens.

AEP

 
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