The United States Embassy near Monrovia has implored political parties, candidates and media outlets to desist from announcing results of the presidential and legislative elections that are not authorized by the National Elections Commission.
The outcome of the Tuesday’s polls will be judged based on NEC’s official announcement, it said.
See full statement below:
The U.S. Embassy is aware that multiple candidates and political parties are claiming victory prior to the announcement of official results from the National Elections Commission.
For our part, the U.S. Embassy, like other international partners, will be awaiting official results from the NEC before judging the outcome of the election, despite claims by any party or politician, and encourage Liberians to patiently do the same.
We note the joint post-election press statement from the ECOWAS and African Union election observation missions and agree that “media, political parties, and candidates [should] avoid the temptation to call the elections results ahead of NEC’s declaration.”
We reiterate our congratulations to the people of Liberia for their participation in the elections and commend the dedication displayed in exercising the right to vote and engage in the electoral process.
We continue to urge all citizens, political parties, and political aspirants to await official results calmly, patiently, and peacefully.