The president of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says his organization will send a larger delegation to monitor Liberia’s November 8 presidential run-off. The sub-regional bloc deployed over 150 poll observers across Liberia to monitor the first round of the October 11 presidential and legislative elections.
“We have a mandate from a protocol on democracy and good governance…that expects us to observe all presidential elections,” said Ambassador James Victor Gbeho. “[For] the second round, which is even more important, we might field an even bigger number to make sure that our observation is flawless. And also to make sure that we are in a position to certify whether that election or the run-off will be free fair and credible.” He warned that ECOWAS has no tolerance for some candidates, who he said create problems after losing a vote. ECOWAS judged the first round to be free fair and transparent.
Gbeho called on the aggrieved parties to use available “constitutional means” to address their concerns.
“We are praying that the second-round also goes well as the first round in order to redeem the image of this country and also prove to everyone that the Liberian electorate is also very mature now,” said Gbeho.
He insists that ECOWAS does not favor any of the contesting presidential candidates in the upcoming vote. “We will all rally around whoever is elected, and make sure that the process of development is uninterrupted in that country.”