Twenty-two political parties have committed themselves to violence free elections ahead of the October polls. The commitment of the political parties is for them to stay positive and do away with violence during the election process.
The parties, through a resolution read at the Monrovia City Hall by the Vice Chairman for Mobilization and Recruitment for the Movement for Democracy & Reconstruction (MDR), Nelson Wolo, stated that political parties shall develop sensitization framework that consistently evokes partisan’s ownership for the maintenance of peace, democracy and sustainability of nonviolent posture. The resolution also states that political parties agree to keep their campaigns civil and issues base, as well as commit to frequent inter-party dialogues and communications under the Inter Party Consultative Committee (IPCC) framework to ensure a violence free election. In remarks, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Jerome Kokoyah, described the work of the political parties as remarkable development, noting that the NEC is committed to holding a free, fair and transparent election. The NEC boss challenged Liberians to take responsibility of creating an environment free of violence during the October polls. According to him, the elections will be credible based on the fact political parties can come on their own to sign a resolution for peaceful elections which he considered as remarkable for the country’s democracy. The lawyer maintained that the NEC has it responsibility to conduct free, fair and transparent elections. He revealed that the process of election is not only about winning, but fostering the future of the country and its people. “The elections require the commitment of everybody to ensure that the environment is peaceful,” he concluded.