Washington: As Liberia heads to polls, US President Barack Obama said his Administration supports the success of a peaceful democratic process for Liberian people.

The African nation goes to the polls on Tuesday to elect its next President.

"This historic vote is an opportunity for Liberians to strengthen the country's democracy, and to deepen its peace, prosperity and national unity," Obama said.

"We encourage all voters of all political preferences to exercise their universal right to participate in the democratic process – all Liberians should have the ability to exercise this right without fear of violence or intimidation," said the US President in a statement.

Noting that Liberia has taken important steps to consolidate its democracy since the end of its civil war, Obama said those gains must not be setback by individuals who seek to disrupt the political process.

"The international community will hold accountable those who choose to obstruct the democratic process. We encourage all security forces in Liberia to exercise maximum restraint and to allow peaceful protest," he said.

"We commend all that international election observers, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Liberian people are doing to ensure a free, fair, and peaceful run-off election," Obama said.
 
"The US is deeply committed to its historic relationship with Liberia and its  eople. We are also deeply committed to the strength of democracy on the African continent. In that spirit, we will continue to strongly support the success of a peaceful democratic process for the Liberian people, and the
peace and prosperity of Liberia," Obama said.

(Agencies)