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Election observation is a vital EU activity aiming to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide.
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.
The Supreme Court’s final majority decision of 7 December, among other things, mirrored key findings in the EU EOM’s Preliminary Statement. More importantly, however, the Supreme Court’s ruling enables Liberian voters to now fulfill their right to elect their next President.
“This decision is an important contribution to the democratic capital built so far in Liberia. The conclusion of complaints permits the elections to proceed, while the right of citizens to elect their chosen leaders shall be respected”, stated the EU EOM Chief Observer, Maria Arena.
EU EOM Liberia deploys again 20 long-term election observers, leaving Monrovia to their respective areas of deployment early Tuesday morning 31 October 2017.