Liberia: Opposition Allege ‘Fraud’ and Pull Out of Elections



Joaquin Sendolo

Source: African Elections Project

The main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and other opposition political parties in this year’s elections have pulled out of the electoral process for what they allege as ‘fraud’ characterizing the counting process.

A statement released by the oppositions on October 15, 2011 ordered all representatives of political parties at the counting center to leave the area with immediate effect.

Those parties pulling out on discontentment include the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Victory for Change Party (VCP), Liberia Reconstruction Party (LRP), the National Patriotic Party (NPP), National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP), the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Grassroot Democratic Party (GDP) , and Union of Liberia Democrats (ULD).
The opposition bloc in their statement issued said they are going to explain to the Liberian people the alleged fraudulent act on the part of the National Elections Commission through radio, TV, and other media outlets in a peaceful manner, calling on the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to remain neutral and the Liberian security to give them full protection.

They have also planned to have a peaceful gathering to explain what they term as ‘deliberate’ act on the part of NEC to turn the results in the interest of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the incumbent.
The statement with various signatures of opposition representatives whose names are not clearly spelled out, quotes the oppositions as saying that they will not respect and honor the results released by NEC because they are flawed.

International observers have described the October 11 election as free and fair. Prior to NEC announcing the results, they (results) were placed on walls of centers where the elections were conducted, and from there, contesting party’s knew their points received during the counting process.

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