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UN lauds Liberians for peaceful election

The United Nations Mission in West Africa has lauded Liberians for a peaceful conduct of election on October 10 2017. Speaking Friday at the 31st High Level Meeting of Heads of UN Mission in West Africa, the SRSG of United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas noted that the compliance with the rule of law and due process is essential for strengthening Liberia’s nascent democracy.

The head of missions expresses hope that the electoral process would be concluded expeditiously, stressing those legal challenges should be legitimate and in good faith. He also emphasizes that the will of the Liberian people must be respected.

Dr. Chambas notes the importance of complying with the constitutionally mandated date for the inauguration of the new government in January 2018, underscoring the need for all parties and stakeholders to exercise restraint, uphold the rule of law, and conduct all activities with civility and in a nonviolent manner, including in their public discourse.

He further underlines that peaceful, free, fair and transparent election is a prerequisite for peace consolidation and sustainable development in Liberia. Dr. Chambas makes it clear that the destiny of Liberia remains the responsibility of all Liberians, emphasizing that the international community needs to continue assisting Liberia’s development beyond the conclusion of the electoral process and UNMIL withdrawal.

The head of missions expresses hope that the upcoming elections in West Africa will consolidate democratic progress and bring about an increase in women participation in politics.

By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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