Liberia: AU, ECOWAS urge Sirleaf to stay out of electoral process

By on November 2, 2017

The African Union (AU) and the West African regional block (ECOWAS) Wednesday asked President Ellen Jonson Sirleaf to stay away from the electoral process and the dispute that has emerged following October 10 elections over fraud and irregularities accusations and her alleged manipulation of the process.
Liberia has found itself in a political standoff few days before November 7 run-off between former soccer star turned into politician Georges Weah of Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and country’s Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Party (UP).
The Liberty Party (LP) of third-placed Charles Brumskine, complained about October 10 polls process highlighting fraud and irregularities. The Supreme Court endorsed the complaint and has asked party to produce briefs to be heard today Thursday.
The Supreme Court also placed a stay order on the November 7 run-off election until the petition by the LP is addressed by the court.
President Sirleaf herself has been accused of having unofficial meetings with elections officials. Accusations also came from within their own party the UP.
In response to the tirades, former Noble Peace Prize winner assaulted her critics calling them “agent provocateurs.”
AU chairperson President Alpha Condé and ECOWAS chairperson President Faure Gnassingbe met with the Liberian leaders and stakeholders of the electoral process.
President Condé noted that it was obvious that there were mishaps during the October 10 polls but urged the political leaders to preserve peace and tranquility and let the National Electoral Commission (NEC) solve the complaints voiced by LP and other parties.
“Our Sister, the President, must stay above the fray,” Condé told the press at the end of a behind closed door meeting with the President and the electoral process stakeholders.

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