Liberian Parties Urged to Commit to Free, Fair, Peaceful Polls

The U.S. embassy in Monrovia has issued a statement , reminding Liberian political parties currently campaigning ahead of the October 10, 2023 presidential and general elections, to adhere to the Farmington River Declaration by committing to free, fair and peaceful elections, and condemning all forms of violence and violent rhetoric.

The statement coincided with Liberia's commemoration of 20 years of relative peace since the restoration of democratic rule in 2005, following 14 years of a brutal civil war. The U.S. embassy's statement follows on the heels of the fourth democratic elections in October exclusively being organized and conducted by Liberians themselves.

The call for free, fair and non-violent elections, was echoed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Leonardo Santos Simão, who paid a two-day visit to Liberia last week and met with President George Weah, officials of the National Elections Commission, representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), youth and women groups.

Meanwhile, the Women Peace Builders have organised an inter-generational dialogue for August 25, 2023 at the Monrovia City Hall. The dialogue is aimed at sharing insights, reflections, and experiences relating to building and sustaining peace in Liberia. The event carries the overarching theme "Celebrating 20 Years of Peace in Liberia: Women Building and Sustaining Peace Across Generations."

Earlier, prominent women under the banner, Liberian Women Peace Summit penned a peace manifesto, calling for peaceful 2023 Elections.

One of the joint winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, said Liberia's progress lies on sustenance and maintenance of peace by all citizens.


Headquarters of the National Elections Commission

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