Liberia Electoral System - Nov 2019

Governance Commission-Liberia

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Liberia’s system of democratic governance has reached an important milestone. It can be argued that the 2005 elections opened the door to establishing democratic rule based on the Liberian constitution. This was the first time since 1980 that the Liberian constitution had truly been in force. The 2011 elections swept out the majority of the members of the House of Representatives and a majority of those seeking re-election in the Senate. The 2011 Presidential Election also saw a competitive electoral fight for the presidency. All of these developments affirm that democracy is gaining grounds in Liberia.
 As the first Annual Governance Report published since 2013, the GC has chosen to assess the preparations for the 2017 elections in view of the importance of these elections for the continuation of peace and development.  There have been many challenges in preparing this report as there are in assessing any constantly changing situation. The Elections Commission, Supreme Court and political parties, which are the main institutions in the electoral process, have all been re-assessing their situations since the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections. Assessing these institutions has therefore been like studying a moving target.
GC entertains the hope that not only will these institutions perform their elections-related duties well but that all Liberians will ensure that the 2017 elections are peaceful and credible.

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