YOUTH RESOLUTION AGAINST POST ELECTORAL VIOLENCE IN LIBERIA
INTRODUCTION WHEREAS Article 89 of the January 6, 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia established the Elections Commissions as an autonomous public commission; WHEREAS Section 2.9 (a) of the 1986 elections law empowers the commission to administer and enforce all laws relative to the conduct of elections and to formulate and enforce electoral guidelines, respectively; WHEREAS the government of Liberia has the responsibility to support the commission and ensure the conduct of a free, fair and transparent elections in the republic; WHEREAS the political parties are at liberty under Article 77(a) & 81 of the Liberian Constitution to participate in every electioneering activities in the republic in accordance with the guidelines of the National Elections Commission; WHEREAS every citizen has the right under Article 1, 17, 77(b) & 80(c) to associate freely with any group or political institutions or organizations in an orderly and peaceable manner and decide through a democratic process who leads them; WHEREAS the looming threat of post electoral violence in the October 11, 2011 Presidential and Legislative elections continues to be a major concern in the Republic; NOW THEREFORE, we the youth of the Republic of Liberia under the umbrella of the Movement Against Electoral Violence (MAEV) resolve the following: 1. That the National Election Commissions as per their constitutional mandate ensures the holding of a free, fair and transparent elections so that the results be a true reflection of the voices of the Liberian people 2. That the government of Liberia give all necessary support to the NEC and refrain from every activity that would lead to the perception of a fraudulent election, and if the ruling Party does not win, she must be willing to accept the result or contest it through the rule of law in case of dissatisfaction. 3. That every Political Party and Independent Candidates conduct themselves accordingly in accordance with the electoral guidelines set by the NEC and accept the result of the elections if they are not victorious or use the rule of law in case of any dissatisfaction during electioneering activities. At no point should they resolve to engage into any form of violent activities or instigate any action that would lead to violence. 4. That the youth of Liberia will reject and refuse to be a part of any violent action during or after the elections. 5. That every stakeholder in the electoral process including the National Elections Commissions, the Government of Liberia/the ruling Party and all others Political parties and Independent Candidates sign this document as a testament to their commitment to the holding of a violence free elections.