LIFE Issues Comprehensive Statement On October 10 Elections
Liberia Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), a civil society organization committed to promoting transparency, accountable governance, has issued a comprehensive statement regarding the on-going 2023 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia, commending the National Elections Commission (NEC) and political actors for the mostly peaceful conduct of the 2023 election across Liberia.
In the comprehensive statement issued over the weekend, the Executive Director of LIFE, Jodie Seton, said, “The current electoral process holds immense significance for Liberia’s peace, democracy and prosperity. Free, fair and credible elections can be the foundation of a democratic society and can play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s trajectory. It is imperative that the election is conducted transparently and efficiently to safeguard the integrity of Liberia’s democratic process.
“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the local and international election observers who have diligently monitored the electoral proceedings. Their efforts and commitment to ensuring a transparent and accountable electoral process are commendable. Their presence contributes to the credibility of the election and fosters public trust in the democratic institutions of Liberia.
“However, we are deeply troubled by recent media reports indicating the arrests of NEC workers for alleged vote manipulation and their subsequent forwarding to court for prosecution. The alleged involvement of election workers in tampering with votes is an affront to democracy and poses a grave danger to the democratic process. Such actions undermine the will of the people, erode public trust, and compromise the foundation of a democratic society.”
According to the statement, “In light of these distressing reports, we urgently call upon the NEC to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into these allegations and take appropriate actions in accordance with the law. Safeguarding the electoral process is paramount, and any proven misconduct must be met with swift and just consequences to restore faith in the democratic system.
“We also emphasize the importance of the NEC providing regular and timely updates on the electoral process, including the investigation and resolution of reported irregularities and adjudication of electoral complaints.
“We encourage transparency and clear communication from the electoral commission as essential tool to maintaining public confidence and upholding the integrity of the electoral process.
“We call upon all citizens, political actors, and stakeholders to remain patient and peaceful as we await the final official announcement of results. Let us demonstrate unity and uphold the principles of democracy during this critical juncture in Liberia’s history.”