Wreckage Electoral Violence In D# 15 Montserrado
“Until that District #15 Election is over, we will not be complainants anymore. At least I am more than 95% sure!! We have trained own pigs to wrestle with the other pigs. Good thong is, it is raining and the whole place is muddy”, Boakai Jaleiba, a Steward of the opposition block posted on his official Facebook Page.
“I will lead a campaign team of at least 100 men today in Logan Town and we need no protection from the LNP. We will start our door-to-door from the very Blogwein (where it all started yesterday)”, Boakai Jaleiba disclosed.
This assertion and move from the opposition block is apparently provoked by the recent attacked on the opposition candidate Ms. Telia Urey in the disputed by-election in District #15. Supporters of Abu Kamarah, the candidate of the ruling coalition, allegedly vandalized the campaign office of the opposition, leaving several of them seriously injured and Ms. Urey’s vehicle completely damaged. The Election Commission few days ago directed a rerun of six voting centers that Ms. Urey had complained were marked by irregularities.
Members of the opposition collaborating parties have accused the National Police of being profoundly compromised, said the LNP has donned a toxic partisan garment.
Boakai Jaleiba in another Facebook post said, “Five instances, including the attacks on our partisans in Electoral District 13 involving Cornelia Kruah-Togba, District 15 involving Telia Urey, attack at the headquarters of the LP and then the idiocy at HQ of the National Elections Commission involving Mohammed Ali and others took place in the presence of the LNP. There are even reports they provided safe passage for the thugs yesterday to brutalize Telia.”
The account said because of this, the LNP would no longer be seen as a source of support. It said they would be responsible for themselves going forward.
Meanwhile the Executive Mansion has issued a statement in Monrovia condemning the action and calling on the Justice Minister and the Police to conduct speedy investigation into saga.
“The attention of the Executive Mansion is drawn to the appalling electoral violence which occurred on Saturday, August 17, in district 15 between supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change and the four collaborating opposition parties”, a statement on the Executive Mansion Website said.
The Executive Mansion has instructed Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean and the Liberia National Police to carry out a thorough and expeditious investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice, irrespective of who is involved.
The Mansion said, “The maintenance of the peace is a high priority on the government’s agenda, and it will spare no effort in ensuring the protection of lives and properties.”
The statement said electoral violence in all its forms will not be tolerated, and individuals who disrupt the peace will face the full weight of the law. President George M. Weah in the statement called on the Liberian national police and other security agencies to be proactive and bring to book anyone engage in violence.
The Executive Mansion said government remains committed to ensuring that all Liberians exercise their democratic rights. “Notwithstanding, political parties should ensure that their supporters remain peaceful at all times. Political leaders will be held accountable for disruptive behavior, regardless of their political alignment.”
At the same time the President urging candidates and political leaders to restart the process of engagement under the auspices of the National Elections Commission Inter-Party Consultative Dialogue, meanwhile warns against the use of vitriolic rhetoric that could lead to violence.
The Liberian Leader, Dr. George Manneh Weah also called on residents of district 15 to refrain from violence. He said it is the responsibility of every Liberian to maintain the peace the country enjoys.