Liberia’s Election Impasse: President Sirleaf Wants Concerns Addressed with Constitutional Time Frame


Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the Chairman of ECOWAS, Faure Gnassingbe and the President of the African Union, Allasane Ouattara who are currently holding peace talks with various political leaders in the country, to ensure that the democratic process is completed within the time frame of the Constitution.

Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]

“We will like to say to you Mr. President that we believe ECOWAS stands by the position that this democratic process must be concluded within the time frame of the constitution so that I may be able to retire and end this transition successfully,” President Sirleaf said.

According to her, she excepts that political parties participating in the election will ensure that whatever decision they make during this electoral process would be in the best interest of the country.

Togolese President Gnassingbe, who recently succeeded Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as head of the regional body and Guinean President Condé will arrived in the country at 9:00 A.M Wednesday to mitigate the ongoing impasse on the election.

Senators George Manneh Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Cllr.  Charles W. Brumskine of the Liberty Party and his chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, Vice President Joseph Boakai and the Unity Party chairman Wilmot Paye of the ruling Unity Party and Mr. Alexander Cummings and Jeremiah Sulunteh of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) are in the meeting with the two African leaders.

It can be recalled that the Supreme Court of Liberia placed a stay order on the November 7 runoff election until the writ for prohibition prayed for by the Liberty Party is looked into by the full bench of the Supreme Court.

The Liberty Party filed the Writ of Prohibition on the November 7 runoff and called for a rerun of the October 10 elections, citing mass fraud and irregularities.

The political leader of the Liberty Party said the October 10 polls lacked all requirement to be declared as free, fair, transparent and credible election.

The ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party and the Alternative National Congress have joined the Liberty Party’s legal action on the election.