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-Wants All Candidates Treated Fairly
On behalf of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), key international electoral stakeholders monitoring ongoing processes leading to the votes on October 10 have called for greater transparency in the conduct of the elections in a manner that is peaceful, transparent and fair.

The NDI team headed by Mr. Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of states for African affairs, made specific notations to the NEC, urging it take to adhere to every standard and benchmark laid down for the conduct of the elections.

While pleading with Liberians to commit themselves to a peaceful and transparent elections, it also accentuated the historical significance of these elections.

Mr. Carson heads the delegation as part of NDI’s comprehensive international election observation effort in partnership with the West African Election Observation Network (WAEON).

As one of the lead speakers during the news conference, he reminded Liberians of the historic nature the pending election brings by peacefully transferring power from one democratically elected president to another.

According to him, the people and institutions of Liberia are taking the lead in consolidating progress. As far as they have observed, the NDI’s delegation noted that Liberians are ready for the elections in electing new leaders.

As part of its assignment, the team has had meetings with officials of the National Elections Commission (NEC), heads of security agencies, civil society organizations, and political parties among others for the peaceful and transparent conduct of the elections.
“In the spirit of democracy, there should be steps taken to enhance confidence in the overall electoral process and foster peaceful, credible polls,” the team recommended.
The NDI also called on the NEC to provide the complete final registration roll in machine-readable format to political parties and accredited international and citizen election observers as a further means of ensuring the integrity of the voters’ list and said this should be done by September 10, 2017.
It also wants intensification of civil education, recruitment of female poll workers, encouragement of political parties to adhere to the Farmington River Declaration, obtain and publish political parties and candidate financial reports and ensure election results are transmitted securely from magisterial offices to NEC headquarters and are announced in a timely, transparent manner.
NDI further recommended frequent and regular schedules for Inter-political parties’ consultative committee (IPCC) meetings and ensure that complaints to the NEC are adjudicated in a timely manner and in accordance with legal framework.
In relation to election related disputes, the NDI team called on the Supreme Court to address these issues expeditiously in a manner that engenders public confidence in the Supreme Court and the judicial process.
For the media, NDI said the media should cover candidates fairly and ensure respectful and gender-sensitive treatment of women and men candidates to bolster the ability of voters to make an informed choice.

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