MONROVIA: A high power delegation from the West African Elders Forum headed by a former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which also included a former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadrie Desire Ouedraogo, yesterday, Tuesday, July 11, 2023, paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers and held useful discussion on the ensuing October 10, 2023 general elections.
The former Nigerian President and delegation are in Liberia as part of his Foundation’s initiative for the promotion of democracy in Africa under the banner of the West Africa Elders Forum.
During their meeting at the Capitol building in Monrovia, the statesmen discussed democracy in Africa, the sub-region, and Liberia’s task to hold its 4th postwar Presidential Elections in October this year. Former President Jonathan said the Liberian Legislature is essential to the Country’s democracy and his visit to the Capitol Building, the seat of the Liberian Legislature, will always be emphasized.
Mr. Jonathan told Speaker Chambers that they are in Liberia to hold preliminary facts-finding and mediation meetings with key stakeholders in and out of Government ahead of the October 2023 General and Presidential elections in Liberia. He said his delegation will return to Liberia as the elections get closer and the voting day proper.
He observed during the meeting that since his visit in the country, he has taken concerns about the level of hate speech in the name of free-speech permeating Liberia’s democratic atmosphere, something he pointed out needs to be turned down for the good of Liberia and Liberians.
As head of the delegation of the West African Elders Forum, the former Nigerian President wants Liberians to take on the good examples from other elections in the sub-region and build upon those experiences for the October polls as the world watches Liberia conduct her own electoral affairs again.
For his part, Speaker Chambers told the visiting envoys that the Legislature of Liberia has done all in its power, working with the Executive for the success of the October Elections later this year.
Speaker Chambers assured the delegation that the Liberian Legislature as mandated by law, has several seats for contestation that will be affected by the election outcome also in October.
He praised the visiting delegation for their choice of Liberia for its electoral fact-finding, and stated that Liberia has benefited the attention of her neighbors in many regards, and will do nothing that will bring condescending looks to the future and aspirations of Liberia and Liberians.
Also in attendance during the meeting were Representatives Acarous Moses Gray, Alex Chersia Grant, and Ivan K. Jones, at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.