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Twenty Political Parties Sign Farmington River Declaration

Twenty of Liberia’s twenty two political parties have signed on to what is now called “the Farmington River Declaration”, committing themselves to the holding of peaceful elections and judicial resolution of election disputes in Liberia.

ECOWAS and other world leaders witnessed the signing of the Declaration during the ECOWAS Summit held on Sunday June 4, 2017 at the Farmington River Hotel in Margibi County.

The signing of the Declaration commits Standard bearer and their political party to ensuring that the 2017 presidential and legislative elections are held within the confines of the law and other international standards pertaining to free, fair, transparent democratic elections.

The thirteen count resolution commits signatories to resolving election disputes through mediation and/or the Courts; preventing election violence; peaceful political campaign activities; and to closely work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that they effectively perform their duties before, during and after the 2017 elections.

The Political parties also called on Government to set up a Toll free hotline to help stakeholders monitor and report on situations that have the propensity to derail the peace during and after the elections.

These political leaders also promised to hold themselves accountable in promoting effective political leadership of the campaign against electoral violence, impunity and injustice.

The Political party leaders have meanwhile mandated the mediation committee, of which the Inter-Religious Council is a part, to consult with the National Legislature to act with deliberate urgency to pave the way for the peaceful conduct of the 2017 elections.

 

 

 

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