Ahead Of The 2023 Elections: West Africa Elders Forum Due In Monrovia Tuesday
A delegation of the West Africa Elders Forum, an initiative of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, is due to arrive in Monrovia on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will lead the delegation of some former heads of states to advance the objective of the forum: to promote democracy, peace and security in the West African sub-region.
The forum has made similar election mediation efforts in other countries, including Senegal, Gambia and Nigeria, with Sierra Leone being the recent example.
During the visit, the delegation will hold preliminary fact-finding and mediation meetings with key stakeholders in and out of government ahead of the October 2023 general and presidential elections in Liberia.
The delegation also includes former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and former ECOWAS Commission President, Kadrie Desire Ouedraogo.
On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, the delegation, headed by former President Dr. Jonathan, will meet with President George Manneh Weah.
After meeting President George Weah, the West Africa Elders Forum will meet with the leadership of the National Legislature, and with the Judiciary on Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday July 13, the West Africa Elders Forum will meet with commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC). After meeting NEC, the delegation will meet with chairpersons and secretary generals of registered political parties.
Later in the day, the delegation will hold discussions with the Joint Security and a cross-section of the civil society, including the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), Liberia Elections Observer Network, Angie Brooks International Center, Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia, Press Union of Liberia, and the Federation of Liberian Youth.
The West Africa Elders Forum will also discuss with the standard bearers of the Unity Party, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, and the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Alexander Cummings, in separate meetings.
Additionally, the delegation will meet with the members of the diplomatic corps.
The West Africa Elders Forum, led by former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will climax their visit to the country with an engagement with a select-section of the Liberian media.