Ex-President Jonathan, NDI Observer Delegation commend Liberians for peaceful, orderly polls
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is co-leading the National Democratic Institute Election Observer group to the Liberian Presidential election run-off election, and other leaders of the delegation have acclaimed the Boxing Day polls as peaceful, orderly and well-organized.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) made this known today in its preliminary statement issued in Monrovia on the December 26, Presidential run-off.
The delegation however stressed that official election results were not yet complete, and called on “Liberian political parties and candidates to cooperate in good faith with the National Elections Commission and for the results to be expeditiously released.”
Speaking of his experienced on the field on voting day, former President Jonathan said: “I am proud of Liberians, who have come from crisis to democracy and have shown themselves to be a model of peace and stability in the region. Democracy goes beyond election day, and if Liberia succeeds, West Africa succeeds, Africa succeeds, and the world succeeds.”
Speaking in the same vein, Kosovo’s former President Atifete Jahjaga, said: “The NDI delegation would like to congratulate the people of Liberia for exercising their right to vote and for making a historic step towards the consolidation of democracy in their country. It is my hope that the positive trends that we have observed during this election will be sustained and further improved during future elections.”
In noting that voting was peaceful, orderly and well-organized as executed by trained polling officials, the preliminary statement also highlighted “aspects of voter participation, election administration, women and youth participation and security.”
The NDI Liberia international election observer delegation included 36 political and civic leaders, elections experts and regional specialists from 18 countries across Africa, Europe and North America. The delegation’s leadership was as follows: Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria; Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo; Hanna Tetteh, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana; and Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Regional Director, NDI.
The delegation’s preliminary statement provides recommendations to the government of Liberia, the National Elections Commission, political parties and candidates, security forces, civil society, the media, the international community, as well as other stakeholders. The recommendations focus on reviewing legal framework, communicating timely and accurate information, promoting peace, improving women’s participation and continuing to engage citizens in the electoral process.
The institute has been observing the Liberian electoral process since February. NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening democratic institution worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Over the last 25 years, NDI has conducted more than 150 election observation missions in 62 countries. NDI first worked in Liberia in 1997. The Institute has maintained a permanent in-country office in Liberia since 2003. Current NDI programs in Liberia, which include technical assistance for voter education, citizen election monitoring, women’s participation and poll watching for all political parties, are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).