The ECOWAS Ambassador, in a statement read on his behalf by his Special Assistant Lola Osunlalu, said the call is in response to the fact that the National Elections Commission (NEC) does not have the legal power to arrest electoral offenders.
“Government should complement its efforts in establishing an Electoral Offences Commission or Tribunal to expedite judgment on election disputes as is being practiced by some ECOWAS member states such as Nigeria and Ghana,” he emphasized.
The statement was delivered Wednesday at the start of a two-day inter-agency consultative forum on election security held in Monrovia.
He noted that establishing the commission or tribunal will deepen electoral democracy in Liberia as it has in some sisterly West African countries.
The statement which reflected on several security issues in the country described corruption as a major trigger of political violence not only in Liberia but also the African continent.
The ECOWAS diplomat also observed that the electoral system is not free from menace, adding, “It is therefore important that security personnel as well as electoral officials should not be induced with monetary gratification.”
He further called for a regular and systematic enlightenment of the populace about the danger of associating violence with politics.
The ECOWAS special representative to Liberia warned unemployed youths and those he termed as “disgruntled politicians” to stop seeing violence that causes mayhem and foment trouble as a way forward.
Ambassador Ajisomo also stressed the need to promote and strengthen internal democracy within political parties by creating a level playing field for all members of the parties seeking party positions as well as nominations for executive positions and parliamentary seats.
He noted the primary duty of political parties is to orientate politicians within their folds on the need to play by the rules.