President calls on candidates to accept result

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MONROVIA Dec 13—President George Weah  in the state of the  Nation on Sunday  called  on all candidates to accept the result that will be announced by the National Election Commission shortly.

Liberians on  December 8, went to the polls in a midterm  elections which they  were to elect 15 senators and two representatives in in Montserrado and Sinoe counties. The two vacancies occurred as a result of the death of Muna Pehlum of Montserrado and Nagbe Sloh of  Sinoe.

Also, they voted for changes in a constitutional referendum in which the tenure of the president  would be reduced from six to five years and   dual citizenship status.

He said, “the final results are expected to be announced shortly, but with the voting now over, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Liberian people for the calm, mature, and peaceful manner in which they exercised their democratic franchise at the various polls throughout the voting process.”

“Liberia, as a Nation, and we, as a People, are the ultimate winners and beneficiaries of this peaceful exercise.  I therefore urge that everyone should accept the results that will finally be announced, and let us join hands together to move our country forward in peace and upward in prosperity,” heh said.

He added; “I would also like to thank the security forces of Liberia, who through their vigilance, discipline, and professionalism, ensured that there was a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for these elections to take place, and that the freedom and rights of all our citizens were guaranteed and protected, both during campaign rallies and polling days.”

                                         Read  the full  message.

 

ADDRESS TO THE NATION

BY

HIS EXCELLENCY DR. GEORGE MANNEH WEAH

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

FOLLOWING  MID-TERM SENATORIAL ELECTIONS IN LIBERIA

DECEMBER 13, 2020

MY FELLOW LIBERIANS:

The 2020 mid-term elections and by-elections for members of the National Legislature,  as well as the Referendum on certain proposed Constitutional amendments, are now over.  The National Elections Commission has begun to publish provisional results.

The final results are expected to be announced shortly, but with the voting now over, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Liberian people for the calm, mature, and peaceful manner in which they exercised their democratic franchise at the various polls throughout the voting process.

I would also like to thank the security forces of Liberia, who through their vigilance, discipline, and professionalism, ensured that there was a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for these elections to take place, and that the freedom and rights of all our citizens were guaranteed and protected, both during campaign rallies and polling days.

It is important that credit should also be given to the leadership of all participating political parties, for taking initiatives to admonish their respective partisans to remain disciplined and orderly throughout the process.

Finally, I thank the National Elections Commission and its  leadership and staff, for doing an excellent job in organizing, conducting, and reporting on these mid-term elections.

As President of Liberia, I extend my personal congratulations to all prospective winners, and express the hope that, as they join the governance structures of this country in their respective legislative capacities, they will not only well represent the hopes and aspirations of their various constituencies, but that they will all work collectively in the best interest of the Liberian people.

FELLOW CITIZEN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

These elections represent a major victory for democracy in Liberia, and have significantly enhanced our democratic credentials and affirmed our support for the rule of law in our country.

Liberia, as a Nation, and we, as a People, are the ultimate winners and beneficiaries of this peaceful exercise.  I therefore urge that everyone should accept the results that will finally be announced, and let us join hands together to move our country forward in peace and upward in prosperity.

Meanwhile, as we approach the festive season, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself and my family, to wish all of you a Merry Christmas.  As we celebrate the birth of Christ, I would like to remind you that we will be doing so at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is in a resurgent Second Phase throughout the world, and Liberia remains vulnerable to this phenomenon.

Let us therefore take all necessary precautions and strictly observe all health protocols as published by the Ministry of Health.

And as we come to the end of 2020, during which all mankind and all human activities were negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, let us hope and pray for a better New Year in 2021, as we learn of the good news that vaccines have now been developed which could assist in bringing this deadly disease under control.

Fellow citizens, let us maintain peace among ourselves, and goodwill towards each other, as we go forward together into the New Year.

Merry Christmas again, and a Happy New Year!!  May God bless you all.

I thank you.

 

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