The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has expressed deep concern at the decision of the Winston Tubman-led Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the main opposition party in Liberia, to pull out of the country’s November 8 presidential run-off election, if the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, James Fromayan, is not replaced.

The ECOWAS has been making efforts to persuade the leadership of the CDC and other opposition parties to remain in the electoral process until its successful conclusion, and to refrain from all acts capable of destabilising the fragile political and security environment.

In a release made available to Daily Times, yesterday in Abuja, the ECOWAS Commission appealed to the leadership of the CDC and all political parties in Liberia to place the national interest above all partisan considerations and to ensure a peaceful electoral process for the sake of national and regional stability.

The Commission urged any party with grievances to seek redress through legal channels established for the resolution of electoral disputes.

“The ECOWAS Commission would like to make it abundantly clear to the CDC and all Liberians that the run-off election will go ahead as planned, and if the process is adjudged by the competent authorities and certified by credible observers to be transparent, free and credible, ECOWAS will recognise whoever emerges as President.

“The commission finally wishes to put on guard all those who may harbour any temptation to disturb the fragile peace in Liberia. ECOWAS will take all appropriate measures to preserve stability in the country, in strict compliance with the organisation’s resolve never to recognise any accession to power through unconstitutional means,” the statement read.