An observation mission from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently in Liberia to oversee the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, as announced by the regional organization. The head of the ECOWAS mission, Attahiru Jega, and his team, are engaging in discussions with various stakeholders, including the National Elections Commission, the government, civil society groups, the media, security agencies, political parties, and candidates.
Liberia, with a population of 5.4 million, is expecting approximately 2,471,617 registered voters to participate in the October 10 elections. These elections will determine the new president, 15 senators, and 73 members of the House of Representatives.
In line with the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance related to election observation and ECOWAS support, a 95-member election observation mission has been deployed, consisting of 80 short-term and 17 long-term observers. Their primary responsibility is to monitor all phases of the electoral process, encompassing pre-election, election day, and post-election activities, with the aim of ensuring that the electoral procedures adhere to international standards.