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Announcing the release of the Final Report the EUEOM Liberia 2017 Chief Observer Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament from Belgium, noted: “The elections in Liberia marked a defining moment in the strengthening of Liberia’s democratic institutions.”
The Final Report, which offers 23 recommendations for consideration to the Liberian authorities, notes that despite the delay experienced in the holding of the second round of the presidential race, the election resulted in the first transfer of power from one elected government to another through a competitive multi-party system.
EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief Observer, Maria Arena, highlighted: “Election Day was calm and benefited from organisational improvements made by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Our 74 election observers reported from over 339 observations in rural and urban areas in all counties.”
The European Union Election Observation Mission in Liberia has deployed another 38 short-term observers all over Liberia. They will support the already on 13th December deployed long-term observers around election day, scheduled for 26 of December.
EU EOM Chief Observer, Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament stated “The Supreme Court ruling comes after a series of significant challenges to the Liberian election process. It represents an important outcome for the timely conclusion of the presidential election, benefitting the country’s key election stakeholders – the Liberian voters”.
On Wednesday morning the EU EOM Liberia has again deployed 20 long term observers all over the country. After the announcement of scheduled elections on 26 December the observer teams immediately started to observe the campaigns and runoff preparations in all 15 counties.
EU EOM Liberia deploys again 20 long-term election observers, leaving Monrovia to their respective areas of deployment early Tuesday morning 31 October 2017.