Liberia Runoff Polls Peaceful, Transparent - ECOWAS, AU
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Union (AU) have given a pass mark after observing the Liberia presidential runoff conducted on Tuesday.
The Election Observation Mission of the bodies, while releasing its preliminary report, adjudged the election peaceful, transparent and fair.
Many quarters have reported George Weah as the winner of the run-off but the electoral body is yet to officially announce the final winner.
Head of the mission and former President of Ghana, John Mahama, presented the report at a joint press conference with the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in Monrovia on Wednesday evening.
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However, Mahama was quick to note that the declaration was limited to the point of vote counting.
"The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission noted with satisfaction the peaceful conduct of the December 26, 2017, poll in the Republic of Liberia.
"Most of the polling places visited opened not later than 15 minutes after the official opening time of 8 a.m., with an effective presence of representatives of both parties (CDC and UP) in all the polling places covered.
"On the whole, the processing of voters and the casting of ballots followed acceptable standards and were in accordance with the laws and procedures governing elections in the country," the monitoring team said.
The mission appealed to the two candidates in the runoff and their supporters to accept the will of the electorates, and explore legal means of seeking redress in the event of genuine grievances.
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