ECOWAS Mission says it will issue a preliminary declaration within 48 hours after the elections, followed by a detailed final report on its observations.
ECOWAS deployed Long Term Election Observers (LTOs) to continue monitoring the critical stages of the 2023 Presidential Election Run-off in Liberia, scheduled for November 14, 2023,
Made up of experts in Elections Administration, Political Affairs, Gender and Civil Society, Constitutional Law, Security, and the Media, the LTOs who were deployed in the country from September 11 to October 18 for the October 10 polls, will continue their assignment as an early warning mechanism for preventive diplomacy.
The Long-Term Observation Mission (LTOM), headed by Serigne Mamadou KA, Ag. Head of the Electoral Assistance Division, has been deployed to several counties in Liberia from November 7.
The president of the ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, approved the deployment of LTOs under provisions of Articles 12 to 14 of the 2001 ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, as assistance to member states holding elections.
The elections experts will be reinforced on November 8, by 80 of their short-term colleagues drawn from the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, ECOWAS Parliament, Community Court of Justice, States’ Foreign Ministries, Electoral Management Bodies, and Civil Society Organizations.
Prof Attahiru Jega, former Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria, who led the combined observation mission deployed across Liberia’s 15 counties, including the national capital, Monrovia, will lead the ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) for the Run-off.