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LIBERIA: UNITY PARTY LINKS ECOWAS, NEC TO PLAN TO RIG RUNOFF ELECTION?

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MONROVIA – Mr. Mohammed Ali, the national campaign spokesperson of the opposition Unity Party has linked ECOWAS observers in Liberia to a plot to help rig the runoff elections in favor of President George Weah.

Mr. Ali claimed that the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has allegedly disbursed US$150,000 (US$ one hundred fifty thousand) to ECOWAS Delegates here to monitor the elections to allegedly carry out the plot.

According to the UP spokesperson, payment to the ECOWAS observers is intended to induce them to quickly endorse the election results by stating that the runoff presidential election was free, fair and credible, even, if it is not.

Meanwhile, ECOWAS Observers Mission in Liberia has considered the opposition Party officials’ statement has reckless and untrue.

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The ECOWAS Mission said it strongly except to this “Scurrilous” statement, which it said puts at risk the safety and physical integrity of ECOWAS Observers from across West Africa.

In a statement ECOWAS, called on the opposition Unity Party to denounce the statement of its campaign spokesperson. Unity party has since not done that.

Sources close to the party said, ECOWAS Observers’ activities in the recently conducted elections in neighboring Sierra Leone is clear testament and enough to say that the regional observers lack credibility.

Our sources say, at the time International observers including the United states, and European Union and others were questioning the credibility of the controversial Maada Bio’s relection, it was only ECOWAS that was showering praises on a very rigged and stolen process.

They say ECOWAs Observers hurriedly praised the process when even Sierra Leone own local elections monitors said no party obtained the 51 per cent bench mark to be announced winner.

Davidetta Browne Lansanah
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Davidetta Brown-Lansanah, Chairperson, National Elections Commission (NEC)

Liberians are expected to go to the polls on tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14, 2023, to elect a new president between incumbent George M. Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and opposition candidate, Amb. Joseph N. Boakai of the Unity Party.

However, Mohammed Ali, in a Facebook post on November 10 also claimed that top echelon of the CDC government allegedly met and discussed the runoff election and its outcome.

In the meeting, Ali claimed the government agreed that they can’t win against the Unity Party, therefore they wanted to prevail on the National Elections Commission (NEC) commissioners to announce results in the CDC government’s favor.

Without adducing any evidence, The UP national campaign spokesperson further alleged that as part of the plan, the government allegedly disbursed US$150,000 (US$ one hundred fifty thousand) to ECOWAS election delegates in the country to monitor the elections.

“The money to the ECOWAS delegates is intended to induce them to quickly endorse the fake results by stating that such rigged process was free, fair and credible.

“We want to assure our people that this will be thwarted and their votes will be protected. The NEC will announce the vote results as they were cast by our people,” Mo Ali said.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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