AFEL Condemns Electoral Violence
- Wants All Parties Exhibit Tolerance
The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) has condemned the recent electoral voiolence that took place in District #15 in Montserrado. AFELL says it si is deeply concerned about the deepenig enmity amongst citizens which is giving rise to a deteriorating unstable ease in the country. AFELL sad the latest eruption of violence in Logan Town, Montserrado County, between rivals of the just ended District #15 elections over the weekend indicate emerging trend of election-related violence in the country, which terms as very worrisome and said it has the propensity to derail the hard-earned peace.
“The incident in Logan Town on Saturday, August 17, 2019 which led to personal injuries and property damage is regrettable. AFELL accordingly condemns in the strongest terms this wanton and unruly behavior of some citizens. Of particular concern is the impact these kinds of violence have on the mental, economic and social wellbeing of women and children”, the release said.
AFELL demands an urgent and prompt investigation into the causes of the violence by the Ministry of Justice and also calls the National Elections Commission to intervene into the matter by conducting an investigation of this incident and holding those actors/parties accountable under the elections law of Liberia. AFELL said electoral violence is one of the greatest obstacles to democratic consolidation. “It does not only affect the credibility of the electoral system, but also destroys the democratic system and the rule of law”.
“Elections are about the competitions of ideas and not a show of force. AFELL, therefore, calls upon all those concerned to exercise restraint and allow the electoral process as well as the rule of law to run its course”
AFELL says it remains reminded of the past. “We are always reminded of our immediate past and as a post conflict country, Liberia should avoid the looming triggers of conflict such as electoral violence.”
“AFELL strongly condemns and will not tolerate any acts of violence, harassment and intimitdation of any female candidate in elections now or hereafter, the statement said.
The statement concluded by calling on all parties to exhibit tolerance. “We call on all parties to exhibit a greater sense of maturity, respect and tolerance towards each other and we intend to remain seized of this matter to it finality.”