The Women Situation Room (WSR) here is calling on all political parties and politicians to continue to display maturity by keeping their supporters calm while awaiting the constitutional process to unfold.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, 21 November at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor, WSR Initiator Cllr. Yvette Chasson-Wureh says aggrieved parties have made their way through the process by starting with the magistrate at the National Elections Commission (NEC) and then instituting internal appeal process before the full Board of NEC’s Commissioners.
She notes that if parties are not still satisfied, they will access the Supreme Court which is the final arbiter of electoral disputes under the Liberian Constitution. Madam Wureh says the WSR is cognizant of the mounting tensions and unease in the country with the declaration of the Writ of Prohibition, but notes that the WSR is in an advocacy with political parties and others stakeholders including successful mediation between youth of opposition political parties and the security forces.
According to Madam Wureh, the WSR is also engaged with education of electorate via media engagements, and continues to dialogue with international agencies and embassies to explain the current constitutional process here. “We are now involved in testing not only the Constitution, but upholding the rule of law”, she adds. Cllr. Wureh encourages the Board of Commissioners at NEC to expedite the hearing of elections cases before it.
She has praised the Supreme Court for prioritizing elections cases and hearing them expeditiously, and calls on everyone to make use of the WSR short code 1010 in reporting any electoral cases.Madam Wureh further pleads with everyone to move forward together to bring about a smooth democratic transition of power from the current government to a duly elected government in 2018.
Meanwhile, Madam Wureh has called on the media here to present the current national situation here in a less heated manner.“We should not inflame people’s feelings about this constitutional process”, she says, adding that they are following a process that has been in existence in the Constitution since 1986.
The WSR Initiator urges Liberians to wait patiently and observe carefully to see how the process works out in whoever’s favor it works, saying “It is in all interest to wait patiently and peacefully.”
By Samuel P. Kamara –Edited by Winston W. Parley