Performing the roles of Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, the Ambassador of the United States of America accredited near Monrovia ruled in a statement Wednesday in Monrovia that the October 10, 2017 elections were credible and that there would be no repeat polls.
Ambassador Christine Elder rendered her judgment while some key political parties including the ruling Unity Party are contesting the integrity of the electoral process and the validity of the results as announced by the National Elections Commission in court.
The Supreme Court and NEC have not ruled on the matter. But the American is more concerned about transfer of power on January than impartial application of the law and judiciary settlement of the post elections dispute
“The U.S. Embassy has confidence in the integrity of the October elections. No accredited Liberian, regional, or international observation group suggested [link] that the cumulative anomalies observed reflect systemic issues sufficient to undermine the fundamental integrity of the electoral process,” she said.
But the “Liberian, regional or international observation groups (above link) she using as reliance for her conclusion did not say what the Ambassador is claiming about the votes.
All observation missions including the American operated Carter Center and that National Democratic Institute (NDI) did not speak to the credibility of the polls and promised only to do so in 60 days ending December, 2017.
The Carter Center:
“In most of these locations, materials were delivered on time, and polls opened on time. However, observers across most counties reported difficulty in locating voters on the Final Registration Roll in some polling places. In what appeared to be a related problem, observers reported that ineffective queue management, mainly in large precincts, affected the orderly flow of the polling, creating confusion among voters and long lines throughout the day. It is important to note, however, that Liberia’s election process is still ongoing and that The Carter Center cannot issue an overall assessment until several important steps – including any dispute resolution – are concluded.
National Democratic institute: “This statement is preliminary in nature. The delegation recognizes that the official tabulation process and announcement of results are not complete at this time. The delegation does not seek to render final conclusions on the October 10 elections at this time. The people of Liberia will ultimately determine the credibility and legitimacy of their elections. NDI will continue to monitor the electoral process through the completion of the process and will issue additional reports as appropriate.
“However, some aspects of the process presented challenges on election day: some precincts with multiple polling places were overcrowded, and some voters were confused as to the proper queue to join; some polling places with many registered voters had only a single voting booth; some voters with voter cards were not on the voter roll; and some polling officials did not apply procedures consistently. The issue of “missing voters” brought to the fore complaints that had been expressed during the pre-election period by political parties, civil society representatives, and the media, to which the NEC did not provide an adequate explanation.
African Union: “This statement presents the preliminary findings and conclusions of the AUEOM on the conduct of the 10 October 2017 Presidential and House of Representatives Elections. It is issued before the conclusion of the entire electoral process. The AUEOM will issue a comprehensive report of the elections within two months which will take into consideration how the remaining phases of the electoral process will be managed.
The AUEOM notes concerns about the accuracy of the final figures of the voters register released by NEC. Some stakeholders maintained that the figures were either too low or too high. The concerns of stakeholders were to some extent validated by the discovery by the NEC that a total of 13000 entries of voters had missing names, pictures and mismatch between pictures and names and wrong allocation of polling centers.