The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is fielding a delegation to assess preparations for Liberia’s October 10th presidential and legislative elections. The assessment, which started on 4th September, will end on the 8th of September. The pur-pose of the mission is to assess the ongoing campaign period, and to evaluate the overall po-litical environment and other aspects of preparations aimed at enhancing prospect for peaceful and credible polls on October 10th, according to a press release.
Members of the delegation include, Hanna Tetteh, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Ghana); Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors, NDI (United States); Dr. Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacte, former Deputy Director of the Electoral Assistance Division, United Nations (Togo); Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Regional Director, NDI (Cameroon); Samantha Smoot, Observation Mission Di-rector, NDI (United States); and Michael McNulty, Senior Program Manager, NDI (United States). All are regional and election experts from Africa and North America.
“The elections represent a historic moment for Liberia, as the country will have an opportunity for a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected president to another,” said Ambassador Carson. “Liberia has come a long way to consolidate its democracy, and Liberians can take great pride in the example they are setting for the region”, he notes.
A total of 21 presidential candidates are in the race, including six Independent Candidates, competing for the votes of 2,183,683 registered voters across Liberia. The elections here are to produce the first democratic transition in the post-war country for more than five decades that would see power being transferred from Liberia’s first elected female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to another elected President. Press Release