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U.S. Wants Boakai

The United States Government, through its Embassy accredited near Monrovia says it has confidence in the integrity of the hotly contested October 10 presidential and representatives elections--indicating that no accredited Liberian, regional, or international observation group suggested that the cumulative anomalies observed reflect systemic issues sufficient to undermine the fundamental integrity of the electoral process. The US Government's statement is in reference to the ongoing allegation of fraud and irregularities which the Liberty Party is contesting with the NEC.

The Liberty Party and its collaborating counterparts have said that their protest of the October 10 presidential and representative elections are meant to establish that the outcomes do not reflect the will of the Liberian people, blaming few unscrupulous highly placed individuals for wanting to impose their will on the Liberian populace.

The US Government, in a statement issued in Monrovia yesterday, underscored the importance of a peaceful transfer of power to a new democratically-elected president in January, as reflected in Liberian Constitution.

Though the LP and its collaborating parties are exercising their rights by pursuing legal recourse as with the ongoing legal tussle with the National Elections Commission (NEC), the US government noted that rights come with responsibilities.

 

"We note, however, that with rights come responsibilities," the statement said. "Disputes and litigation should be initiated and conducted in good faith by the claimants, the NEC, and if needed, the Supreme Court, in an expeditious manner to permit the timely conclusion of Liberia's electoral process and a peaceful transition."

Liberia's political leaders, the statement noted, should take their cue from citizens who waited patiently to vote and did so with respect for their fellow citizens, regardless of their political views.

It said efforts by any actor to impede the expressed will of Liberians for personal ambition could risk goodwill and future investments in Liberia by international partners.