In Two Weeks campaign for the pending Presidential and Representative Elections will get underway, but already, signs of violence are emerging for which stakeholders need to consider very seriously.
During An Endorsement ceremony of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in Clara Town, a suburb of Monrovia last week, residents of the area staged a protest against the endorsement of the Unity Party (UP) standard bearer. The protestors were seen chanting anti-Boakai slogans, which nearly deteriorated but the Liberia National Police (LNP) responded timely and restored calm.
Again, In Kakata, Margibi County on Friday, July 14, 2017, residents opposed the endorsement of Ambassador Boakai and his running mate House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay. They displayed placards opposing Nuquay as running mate on the UP ticket.
We See This creeping violence by placard toting youth as terrible for Liberia’s political process and its fledgling democracy. It is our expectation that the Liberia National Police will step up security during this electoral period.
We Call On all political parties and relevant stakeholders to guide the process aimed at averting violence during these elections. Those Liberians, who were involved in the protest must be condemned and if possible be arrested for breach the peace. It makes no sense for any group of Liberians to protest on the basis that they do not support a particular candidate.
It Is Better to protest through your respective votes instead of instilling fear in peaceful citizens. We believe that using the ballot box as a protest against a candidate, is the best way forward for Liberia’s democracy. We condemn all acts of violence by some Liberians and urged the architects to desist.
We Implore The LNP in keeping with law to deal with any individual or group of individuals, who will perpetrate violence during and after the elections.