Mahama urges Liberians To Ensure A peaceful and credible Voting Process
The much awaited Liberia’s rescheduled Presidential run-off election start in the country on a slow pace but generally peaceful. Head of ECOWAS Observation Mission, Ghana’s immediate past President, John Dramani Mahama, urging Liberians to reciprocate the goodwill of the international community by delivering a peaceful and credible vote.
In a statement released by the ECOWAS Observation Mission made available to our correspondent revealed that His Excellency John Mahama explained that so far, the process is smooth, in his words, “there is usually a dip in voter enthusiasm during the second round of voting, but so far so good, all seems to be going on smoothly,”. Before making the remark, the Head of Mission, had visited more than five polling places (stations) in Central and Lower Montserrado County (Monrovia) by 10.30 am local time.
He noted that the shorter queues this time,as compared to the 10th October first round election, could be the consequence of the new measures introduced by the National Elections Commission (NEC), including the public display of the Final Registration Roll (FRR) to guide voters to their Polling Places.
The electoral officers are better trained and displayed high level of professional according to Mahama. “Election officials appear better trained and more professional this time and this has removed the confusion experienced the last time,” said the Head of Mission, who had visited polling stations at the New Port High School, Dualla; D. Tweh High School and St Mary’s School, New Georgia in New Kru Town.
By 10.30 am, some 150 of the 444 registered voters, including a visually-challenged voter hadcast their ballots at the James Kin Freeman Memorial School in the Suakermo Community, Congo Town.
Voting started on time at most of the polling Places, with polling officials and political party agents and security personnel on ground.Mahama, who also led the ECOWAS Observation Mission to Liberia’s first round of balloting last October, is this time heading 39 observers deployed by the regional organisation.
John Mahama was accompanied on observation tour by an ECOWAS Support Team led by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs Halima Ahmed and the ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia Ambassador Babatunde Ajisomo.
Some political parties had approached the Supreme Court with complaints over the 10th October vote, raising issues with the Voters’ Roll.The apex court made key recommendations for improvement that were effected by NEC with the support of the ECOWAS Technical Team, which assisted with the clean-up of the Roll.
Former professional footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the out-going Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP), who emerged frontrunners in the first round ballot are squaring it up in the 26 December run-off vote. Liberia has an estimated population of 4.5 million with 2.18 million registered voters, 2,080 Polling Precincts (Centres) and 5,390 Polling Places (Stations)nationwide.