U.S Embassy Optimistic of NEC, Election Observers Neutrality in Runoff Election

Nov 13, 2023 - 14:50
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U.S Embassy Optimistic of NEC, Election Observers Neutrality in Runoff Election
CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES CATHERINE RODRIGUEZ at recent press briefing with Journalist in Monrovia
MONROVIA: The United States government through its embassy in Monrovia says it does not doubt the ability of the National Election Commission (NEC) to conduct free and fair elections in the country, especially in the runoff scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2023. 
 
The U.S. Embassy lauded NEC workers for demonstrating extraordinary dedication during the first round of voting by carrying voting materials across flooded rivers and counting ballots late into the night. 
 
"The U.S. Embassy is confident in Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC) capacity to administer a free and fair election," the release stated. 
 
Like its confidence in the NEC, the embassy also believes that the thousands of independent election observers including international and domestic who will also be participating in the democratic process from the opening of polling stations on November 14 until the last vote is tallied will play a key role in ensuring a free and fair election. 
 
"The U.S. Embassy is also confident that election observers will carry out their important responsibilities independently and unbiasedly, as they did during last month’s first-round election."
 
The National Elections Commission (NEC) announced a presidential runoff following the general election held on October 10 with President George Weah and opposition leader Joseph Boakai's neck and neckIncumbent President George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change garnered 43,83 percent of the votes and candidate Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party came second with 43,44 percent. 
 
The runoff elections this Tuesday, November 14 will determine the faith of Incumbent President Weah and Ex-Vice President Boakai and their supporters. 
 
Meanwhile, the embassy is encouraging all Liberians to vote tomorrow in the presidential runoff. 
 
"The future of the country is in your hands. YOU, the Liberian people, have the two most powerful tools in this electoral process: your voice and your vote."..."Make them count," the release added. 

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