Cummings Wants Full Adherence to Farmington River Declaration -Says, “We must not take it For Granted”
MONROVIA – Probably smarting from the background politicians are not noted for abiding by agreements reached with people, the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings has urged all signatories to the Farmington River Declaration 2023 which was signed yesterday for the various political parties to ensure full adherence to what was signed, stressing “we must not take our commitment for granted.”
Mr. Cummings who signed on behalf of the CPP at the occasion made this known yesterday when he took to his official Facebook Page to send out a message to his colleagues who participated and witnessed the historic gathering of political actors to commit themselves to a violent free general election.
“Today, we signed the Farmington Agreement on behalf of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) committing to a violence free election. The future of our country lies in the hands of every single person in that room today. We must not take our commitments for granted. Our country is at a crossroads and already, we have had incidents of violence. This must stop. We must protect all persons participating in these elections, especially our female aspirants and protect the sanctity of our electoral process. All parties signing on to this agreement must ensure full adherence to what was signed today, especially the ruling party. The Government of Liberia must also adequately and timely fund the National Elections Commission and the Commissioners and staff of the NEC must conduct these elections with the utmost respect for the constitution and with transparency, accountability and credibility”, he said.
The CPP number one partisan used the platform to applaud the involvement of some of Liberia’s partners, the ECOWAS and UN, to ensure the country has a free, fair and credible elections, void of violence. He said it was his hope that the NEC can swiftly respond to issues of violence, electoral violations and other issues that may arise during this period. “I want to especially thank the young Liberian lady who spoke today, for calling us out as leaders and speaking truth to power. As I always say, the young people are the future leaders of this country and the future is now. Thank you for an inspiring statement”, he said.
“To our CPP representatives, Chairman Bility, Chairman Naatehn, Cllr. Aloysius Toe, Cllr. Moriah Yeakula, Madam Wadei Powell and Madam Rugie Barry, thank you for your work on this agreement and for ensuring the CPP was present in full and remains committed to our people.
“To the Liberian people and Civil Society groups, please continue to hold our feet to the fire and insist on the full implementation of the Farmington Agreement. As a citizen, you have the right to document and report cases of violence or violations of our laws. Be a part of the process and ensure that our cherished peace is protected”, concluded.
It can be recalled that during the occasion besides the political parties signing the agreement, the UN and ECOWAS signed the agreement as witnesses. On behalf of the UN, Ms. Giovanie Biha, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and Acting Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), signed the agreement, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, signed on behalf of ECOWAS.