MONROVIA: The 50th Session of the Mediation and Security Council at the Ministerial Level of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is calling on the government of Liberia to consider the 2023 General and Presidential Elections as crucial, and therefore want the government to provide a free and conducive environment for all political actors in the country.
The Council in a final resolution adopted Wednesday 5th July 2023 in the Republic of Guinea Bissau, recommended to Liberian authorities and stakeholders to sustain effective engagement with all political actors and to build necessary consensus that would ensure the conduct of inclusive, free, fair, transparent and credible elections
The council called on the government to guarantee adequate security for the peaceful conduct of the general elections, including providing appropriate security and protection for all presidential candidates taking part in the elections
At the same time the Economic Community of West African States has committed to deploying preventive diplomacy missions to engage with political figures in the country and also pledged to support the National Elections Commission with technical expertise as may be needed.
The Ministerial Council of ECOWAS agreed to deploy both long and short term election observation mission to the country ahead of the elections and support capacity building for political parties and media practitioners, including enhancing dialogue and mediation capacities of peace infrastructures in the country on the issues of hate speeches, the council said it will support initiatives aimed at mitigating hate speech, misinformation, disinformation in social media spaces, especially in the lead up to the elections.