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Ahead of the 7 November presidential run-off election, the Carter Center is calling on political parties here to continue to use the existing Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanisms. In a press release issued Sunday, 29 October the Center says it understands some parties are challenging results of the first round of the elections, and it is glad that those political parties have reiterated their commitment to using the appropriate legal dispute-resolution procedures provided in the Liberian law, noting that complaints filed by the parties are under consideration by the National Elections Commission.

The release says Carter Center’s election observation mission has been observing the proceedings and will continue to follow the process. Carter Center stresses that political parties should allow the dispute process, including any and all appeals, to proceed and should respect the final decisions of the adjudicating bodies.

Following a press conference held on Sunday, 29 October by political parties that are challenging the polls, the Chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees, Jason Carter, says it is imperative that all political parties allow the NEC and the court to fulfill their respective functions in this process, and to respect the court’s final decision.

It may be re-called that two days after the elections, Carter Center released a statement that covered its observations of Election Day, election preparations, and the campaign, including findings based on a long-term observation effort that began in 2016 with the deployment of more than 50 international election observers across Liberia. Press Release

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