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The West African sub regional bloc, ECOWAS has made “a final appeal” to Liberia’s main opposition CDC party of Winston Tubman to reverse its decision to boycott Tuesday presidential runoff election and it has issued a veil threat to opposition political leaders.
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is calling on citizens to turn out and vote in the presidential runoff election next Tuesday, criticizing her opponent’s decision to boycott the polls.
Liberia's main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Winston Tubman has announced that it will not take part in next Tuesday's presidential run-off election against incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
CDC, which came second in the first round of election on October 11, is demanding replacement of members of the current National Elections Commission, recount from the ballots in the first round, among other things before they can take part in any runoff. Former Liberian international football star George Weah is the party's Vice Presidential candidate.
Just weeks after landing in neighbouring Sierra Leone, the first Fibre Optic Cable System (ACE) has now landed in Liberia.
The African Union says it’s “closely monitoring developments in Liberia,” ahead of next Tuesday’s presidential election runoff, while the enthusiasm amongst voters is said to be low.
The sacked Liberian elections Spokesman, who was at the center of the controversy over an erroneous letter giving the opposition CDC victory in the first round, has told WADR that the NEC ex-boss James Fromoyan wants to use him as a scapegoat for his own blunder.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR says it has begun voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees from Liberia, for the first time, since thousands of Ivorians fled into Liberia nearly one year ago.
The sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS Commission has called on the main opposition CDC and other parties in Liberia to ensure a peaceful electoral process for the sake of national and regional stability.
Sierra Leone’s porous borders are said to be one of the main factors responsible for the influx of counterfeit drugs into the country and the proliferation on the market.The country shares boundaries with Liberia and Guinea and large amounts of fake drugs are said to be among goods allegedly coming into the country from the neighbouring countries.
As tension mounts ahead of the November 8 presidential run off election, the Chaiman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) James Fromoyan has resigned.
WADR's Monrovia Correspondent William Selmah says Fromayan's resignation is apparently linked to an erroneous letter sent late Thursday in which the NEC mistakenly flipped results of the first round of voting in favor.