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Liberians Reminded about their Democratic Responsibility to Country

The Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr Amos Sawyer, has reminded Liberians about our responsibility to ensure that the October 10 elections are peaceful and violence-free, and enshrine peaceful transitions as a part of our governance culture.  Dr.  Sawyer noted that Liberians have the opportunity to showcase our democratic gains to our neighbors and the world at large if we ably manage our elections and transition period.

Dr. Sawyer commended President Sirleaf for her stewardship that facilitated Liberia membership of the African Peer Review Mechanism – the AU’s instrument for promoting good governance, and her pledge to ensure that Liberia’s performance in the areas of democracy and political governance, economic management and governance, and socio-economic development are reviewed.

Dr. Sawyer’s statement was delivered at the program held in observance of “Africa Day” at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  He spoke on the theme “Harnessing the demographic dividend”.

According to Dr. Sawyer, Liberia is firmly on the path of deepening its democracy and advancing its development. He maintained that the peaceful hand over of the political baton from this government to the next will showcase Liberia’s democratic gains to our neighbors and the world at large. 

He urged Liberians to continue to grow in the consciousness of African unity and the integration of African economies as these provide the best vehicle for the realization of our national vision, and achievement of our developmental goals and objectives. 

Dr. Sawyer recalled the years of civil conflicts in Liberia, and thanked ECOWAS, AU, and UN for their solidarity and robust interventions to restore peace to Liberia.  

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who also chairs the Authority of heads of States and Governments of ECOWAS will turn over that mantle of authority during the Summit to Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé.

Liberia is a founding member of ECOWAS, OAU now AU, the UN and League of Nations, and fought relentlessly to end Trusteeship subordination of Africans, and African continental independence.

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