Mawine Diggs, the Minister of Commerce and Industry in Liberia, emphasized the importance of preventing post-election unrest and promoting peace and democratic governance in ECOWAS member countries. During a joint committee meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament in Monrovia, she presented a paper titled “Mechanism for collaboration between political majorities and opposition as a crisis prevention mechanism.”
Ms. Diggs urged inclusivity and cooperation between election winners and losers, emphasizing that countries should not be allowed to descend into chaos after the political process. She highlighted the responsibility of the majority to protect the minority and uphold the rights of all individuals, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or political affiliation.
In a democratic system, the governing majority must establish robust institutions, including an independent judiciary and a free press. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring that fundamental rights, such as healthcare and education, are accessible and affordable for all citizens.
On the other hand, Ms. Diggs emphasized that the minority should adhere to the rule of law, peacefully exercise their right to protest and hold the government accountable. Collaboration between both sides, despite differing views, is essential to create an enabling environment for effective governance.
She highlighted the significance of respecting democratic principles and values and building synergies based on commonalities, such as gender parity, press freedom, an independent judiciary, and transparent budgeting that prioritizes the people’s interests and upholds the constitution.