The West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) has issued a Communique calling on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to intensively work towards national, social and political reconciliation in the country. WAEON is an independent elections observation and monitoring organization in West Africa that is dedicated to the promotion of free, fair and transparent elections in Africa. It is a coalition that comprises of non-partisan citizen observation groups from eleven (11) West African countries including Liberia. WAEON in the Communique also urged the GOL to expedite work on the ratification of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
The Communique was issued at the end of a five-day training academy in Monrovia on Friday April 27, 2012 under the caption: “Call on Liberia to work towards sustaining electoral and political reforms in the aftermath of the 2011 general and presidential elections.”
The West African elections observers also commended the governments of Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zambia, amongst others for ratifying the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
Presenting the Communique, the Chairman of WAEON, Mr.Mashood Erubami, called on stakeholders of Liberia’s electoral process, especially the National Elections Commission (NEC) to continue in the ‘positive spirit of dialogue and work urgently to resolve outstanding post-election differences.’
He said citizens will have confidence and trust in the electoral processes if there is continuous dialogue and understanding amongst electoral stakeholders.
He further stated that electoral stakeholders in Liberia should use the current legal and institutional framework for election dispute adjudication.
Mr. Erubami noted that they (electoral stakeholders) should consider separating election management processes from the adjudication of election grievances.
“As part of our mission here in Liberia, WAEON met with the National Elections Commission (NEC), Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), Press Union of Liberia (PUL), political parties and a number of other stakeholders dedicated to the promotion of free and fair elections. WAEON commends the efforts of all stakeholders for the commitment demonstrated towards credible and peaceful elections in Liberia,” he stated.
At the same time, the West African Elections Observers Network has condemned in the strongest term the ‘unstable security situation’ in Mali and Guinea Bissau.
In the communiqué issued, the group called on all African governments particularly Liberia and the International Community to take the necessary measures to restore constitutional order and democratic rule to the two countries.
According to WAEON’s Chairman, Mr. Erubami, the group supports the ‘uncompromising stance’ taken by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and the International Community to bring to end the activities of ‘military adventurers that have increased poverty, conflict and instability on the African continent.’
The group at the same time commended the people of Senegal for taking the path towards sustaining democratic rule.
WAEON, however, cautioned the Senegalese to be complacent but pursue immediate post-election electoral and political reforms to ensure that the despicable incidents that preceded the successful elections do not occur again.