The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is hailing the ruling of the Supreme Court here that brought to an end an alleged elections fraud and irregularities case filed by opposition Liberty Party (LP) against the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Speaking on a local radio on Tuesday, 12 December, IREDD Executive Director Harold M. Aidoo said the organization applauds the Liberty Party and other parties for the level of cooperation during the legal process.
He expresses IREDD’s thanks to the political parties that sought redress, saying that they were in the right direction, and also commends all political parties here for their level of maturity in welcoming democracy. Mr. Aidoo notes that the Supreme Court has the final decision to make and nobody questions it.
“We cannot say that the ruling is a victory or defeat for any political party, we just see it as a democracy for Liberia. The ruling should serve as a democracy and a way we all can move forward,” he urges.
The IREDD official adds that from the just ended ruling, Liberians will also know what to do the next time so that the mistakes that were made in the October 10 elections will not be repeated.
According to him, the ruling clearly shows that “we” have been having problems with the previous elections, saying it is known that Liberians will not be able to fix all the errors, but they still have a lot of issues to deal with after elections.
Mr. Aidoo notes that there is a need for post-election reform where at the end of each election, Liberians will not have these problems they are facing now.He believes that Liberia needs some independent trial that will deal with elections issues to avoid people going in the streets.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley