News / Africa

ECOWAS ‘Disappointed’ Over Opposition Boycott of Liberia Poll

Communications director Sonny Ugoh says sub-regional bloc wants Liberia opposition leader to rescind decision not to participate in run-off vote

TEXT SIZE - +
Peter Clottey

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expressing disappointment over the decision of one of Liberia’s main opposition leaders to boycott the November 8 presidential run-off.

Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the sub-regional bloc, says his group is calling on Winston Tubman, leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, to reverse his decision to boycott the election.

The opposition leader refused to participate in Tuesday’s run-off election after expressing concern the polls will be rigged.

“Understandably, ECOWAS is disappointed because we were under the impression that after his visit to Abuja that the leader of the opposition and his party were on board… [But] on getting back to Monrovia, he said something different from what he had agreed to do [when he was] in Abuja,” said Ugoh. “It’s unfortunate that he has taken this position because I don’t think it is helpful to the democratic culture in his country.”

Analysts say it is unlikely Tubman will rescind his decision since he stopped campaigning ahead of the run-off vote. Supporters of the party also contend that the Independent Elections Commission has failed to address their concerns in the run up to the poll.

Their claims of voter fraud, some observers say, forced National Elections Commission chairman James Fromayan to resign ahead of the run-off.

ECOWAS described the first round vote as free and fair. Ugoh said the run-off will proceed even if the opposition leader does not change his mind.

“As long as the outcome will satisfy the parameters we have indicated, we will have no option under the circumstances but to accept the outcome of the run-off,” said Ugoh. “What is important is ECOWAS is asking him [Tubman] to reconsider his position. It is important for him to subordinate his own interest to that of the country.”

He said despite the disappointment, ECOWAS will continue with efforts to encourage the opposition to participate in Tuesday’s vote.

“For us, all the campaigning that is important has been done prior to the first election. We have tried to engage in order to encourage [Tubman] to step up to the plate to participate in the run-off,” said Ugoh.” I don’t see what can be achieved by boycotting the election. It’s more useful if he participates in the election because that way the people will speak and decide who will lead them.”

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid