MONROVIA – In response to a recent statement by MO Ali, National Campaign Spokesperson of the Unity Party, the ECOWAS Observer Mission to the Presidential election in Liberia issued a strong rebuke, expressing regret over what it termed a “reckless” accusation made by Ali on his Facebook post dated November 10, 2023.
Ali alleged that the ECOWAS Observer Mission had been swayed by a payment of USD 150,000 to declare an election, purportedly rigged, as transparent, free, and fair. The ECOWAS Observer Mission categorically rejected these claims, emphasizing the potential threat it posed to the safety and physical well-being of ECOWAS Observers from across West Africa, who are present to oversee the crucial election.
In a press release issued today, the ECOWAS Observer Mission called on the leadership of the Unity Party to disavow Ali’s statement, which it described as “scurrilous” and damaging to the mission’s reputation. The Mission challenged MO Ali to substantiate his accusations or publicly retract them and issue an unqualified apology. The ECOWAS Observer Mission warned that failure to comply might lead to the implementation of necessary measures to hold Ali personally accountable for his statements.
Ahead of the November 14, 2023 Presidential run-off, the ECOWAS Observer Mission urged the citizens of Liberia to remain focused on their civic responsibilities, disregarding unfounded claims that may undermine the democratic gains made during the October 10, 2023 elections. The Mission expressed confidence in the people of Liberia to see through such misinformation and remain committed to a positive and peaceful electoral process.
Reiterating its commitment to neutrality, the ECOWAS Observer Mission assured the people of Liberia that it remains dedicated to overseeing a credible, inclusive, and peaceful electoral process in accordance with its mandate outlined in Articles 12 and 13 of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.