THE ruling Unity Party of the Republic of Liberia has accepted the Supreme Court final ruling on the run-off of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. The Unity Party through Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, its standard bearer, urged the Liberian National Elections Commission to make public the voters’ roll and address other irregularities to ensure a transparent run-off election.
In a press statement made available to Realnews, Boakai said the Supreme Court being the highest court in the land and the final arbiter of the dispute, had ruled and should be obeyed. “We would, therefore, like to state without equivocation that the Unity Party accepts the ruling of the High Court. This decision, and the road we took with collaborating parties, are unprecedented and should give all of us hope that the future of our democracy and country is bright. Liberians can now celebrate the triumph of the rule of law! Liberians can now celebrate their resolved to pursue non-violent means of solving problems,” he said.
Boakai said in the light of the deliberate and mischievous attempts by detractors to distort the intervention by the UP and collaborating parties to ensure a transparent and clean electoral process, void of manipulation of any kind, he was constrained to set the record straight for the benefit of the Liberian people. “The UP’s intervening action in support of Liberty Party’s challenge was not a selfish or opportunistic one, nor was it in any way a strategy to unnecessarily cause delay and prolong the electoral process, as alleged by detractors,” he said.
According to him, on October 10 this year, Liberians trooped to the polls to fulfill their constitutional mandate, symbolising a determination to consolidate the gains of peace and ensure that the democratic and inalienable rights were duly exercised. He called on the National Elections Commission to adhere to the request made by the Supreme Court, especially in addressing the publication of the voters roll and other key issues to ensure a free, fair and transparent run-off election.
Boakai also called on Liberians to address their concerns and problems through the court of law and avoid every means of violence in the country, and recounted that in 1927, Liberia made history that earned her an unenviable place in the Guinness Book of Record with the most fraudulent elections in the world.
– Dec 8, 2017 @ 15:40 GMT |