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LSA Appeals For Non-Violence General Election In Liberia

Updated: Feb 22



Souce; The Liberia National Election Commission

Liberians will head to the polls on Tuesday, October 10th, to participate in the presidential and parliamentary elections. Incumbent President George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is seeking a second six-year term, while several seats in the House of Representatives and half of the Senate are up for grabs.


As the National Election Commission of Liberia makes its final preparations to ensure a free, fair, and transparent election, the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) is urging political leaders and their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process.


President George Weah, elected in 2017, faces competition from 19 other candidates 19 other candidates, including former Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) and businessman Alexander Cummings of the Collaborating Political Party (CPP). With 46 political parties and 20 presidential candidates vying for two million registered votes at 5,000 polling stations across 15 counties, attention is primarily focused on the presidential race.

Leading up to the election, there have been reports of election-related violence and provocations Instances among political supporters. Incidents occurred last month in Foya, Lofa County, and in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, and Montserrado counties. A recent clash FPA on Sunday, October 8th, near Monrovia in Montserrado County resulted in injuries and a critical assault on an individual believed to be affiliated with the CDC Daily Observer.


Amidst these incidents, the LSA calls for restraint and the rejection of provocative language and misinformation that fuel political tensions and violence. The organization emphasizes the need for peaceful dispute resolution and adherence to the law. The international community UN has also urged Liberians to uphold peace and encouraged political leaders to honor their commitments to promote peaceful, transparent, and credible elections.


This year's General Election marks the country's fourth post-war presidential election and the first without the presence of the United Nations mission. In its absence, the Liberian Joint Security Force will provide security and support to the Elections Commission.


Liberians will go to the poll on Tuesday, 10th October to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections. The current President George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is seeking a second six-year term, while several seats of the House of Representatives, and half of the Senate are up for grabs.


As the country's National Election Commission makes its final preparations to make available necessary resources and conditions for a free, fair, and transparent election, the Liberian Swedish Association, LSA is calling on political leaders and partisans to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the voting and electoral process.


This year's General Election will be the country’s fourth post-war presidential election and the first one without the presence of the United Nations mission, which provided security and support to the country’s elections Commission. In the absence of the United Nations mission, the Liberian Joint Security Force, comprising the Liberian National Police, Military, immigration, etc. will provide security and support to the elections Commission.



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