September 17, 2023
As the nation prepares for its Presidential and Legislative elections in October, 2023, permit me to add my voice to the many voices of the peace loving Liberians who are promoting love and violent free elections.
I am appreciative to the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations (UN), US government and other Diplomatic and international organizations and personalities for the developed interest in the pending elections as we gladly welcome the deployment of EU and ECOWAS elections Observers across the 15 Counties. I called for the continuous engagements and partnership to aid the nation at this stage of political growth.
Liberians, we have a track record of being mature in our behavior since the 2005 general elections up to 2011 and the 2017 elections despite of the 14 years of civil unrest that jeopardized the peace of this nation.
Now, this October 10, 2023, we are to face other Presidential and Legislative elections which are opportunities to prove to the world that we the people of this nation have resolved to put Liberia first, beyond political affiliations and keep the peace.
With our peaceful elections history, I called on all citizens within the length and breadth of Liberia to go out and vote their choice or leaders comes October 10, 2023 without conflict and violence.
In the interest of Liberia, I am also calling on all political parties to remain committed to the Farmington River Declaration and keep their pledge to uphold unity and peace to prevent electoral violence, impunity and injustice.
As the spiritual father of this nation, I am calling on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to do everything humanly and professionally possible to create an enabling environment for the orderly conduct of peaceful, credible and transparent elections as the maintenance of peace solely depends on you.
I passionately admonished the forth-estate to remain Civil and Professional in their reportage during these electoral processes, because October 10, 2023 is a historical day in the lives of Liberians.
As the test for our democracy continues, I called on the religious communities to use their temple, sanctuary, Mosque, the Synagogue and places of worship to preach peaceful-co-existence, non-violence and love for country above love for party and personal interest.
As Africa’s oldest independent nation, we are under obligation to be an example to the world through our behavior during these electoral processes, so let us continue to stand for peace and tranquility, stand for tolerance, stand for a peaceful election, and stand for one Liberia, with Liberty and Justice for all.
Finally! Liberians, Let us give a Gift to Liberia, and that Gift, is the Gift of peace!!!
I thank you! This is Archbishop Isaac S. Winker, Sir.