National Elections Commission Concerned Over Violence Ahead of Tuesday’s By-election

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The National Elections Commission has expressed great concern over Saturday’s electoral violence in Montserrado’s 13th district, ahead of Tuesday’s by-election.

Citizens of the district go to the polls on November 20 to elect a new representative to fill the district’s vacant seat in the National Legislature following the election of Saah Joseph as senator of Montserrado. Joseph’s election also followed the election of George Weah as president during the 2017 presidential election.

On Saturday, Cornelia Kruah-Togba, a candidate running on the Unity Party ticket and supported by the Alternative National Congress and Liberty Party in Tuesday’s election, reported in a live video that her campaign rally had been violently interrupted by members of the Coalition for Democratic Change, led by Mayor Jefferson Koijee with several of her supporters being physically wounded.

Kruah-Togba said she was also alerted that one of her supporters had been stabbed to death but noted that she had not found out who the young lady was.

Although the Liberia National Police refuted claims of any deaths and the involvement of Monrovia’s mayor, NEC cautioned all political parties and their supporters to conduct their political activities in a peaceful manner and within the confines of the law.

The commission disclosed in the release that it is collaborating with state security to ascertain full details about the violence in the Gardnesville area of Montserrado’s 13th district.

“The NEC is strongly warning all political parties and their supporters that it will not hesitate to take action in keeping with the laws of Liberia to punish any political party or political supporter engaging in acts of violence during the conduct of the by-election in district 13,” it noted.

NEC also announced that political campaigning for Montserrado’s representative by-election and Sinoe’s senatorial by-election had both ended on Sunday.

Featured photo by Lloyd Massah

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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