#LiberiaDecides: Liberia’s preparedness ahead of Tuesday vote

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Liberia National Police Headquarters in Monrovia.

Liberia heads into crucial elections on Tuesday 10th October and the security officials have assured that they are all set to make sure peace is maintained during and after the election.

The Deputy Police Inspector General Ibrahem Kromah has exuded confidence in Liberian police preparedness ahead of the Election Day noting that his men have a resolve of making sure the transition goes on peacefully.

“The police will be protecting the process of elections and its integrity while carrying out regular police work. We shall not be meddling in the electoral process,” he added.

Liberia’s Deputy Police Inspector General Ibrahem Kromah at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in Monrovia.

Ballot papers for the election arrived last month in Monrovia with the National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman, Councillor Jerome Korkoya saying that the boxes will be highly protected until October 10 when Liberians take to the polls.

There have been numerous calls by Liberians for peace during the elections starting with the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urging Liberians to maintain and consolidate the peace they have enjoyed over the last decade.

“Maintain the peace; we cannot go back to conflict. Our country was set back over 30 years because of conflict. The underpinnings of everything we have done is the peace that we have secured and that was not easy,” she said during an interview with the BBC.

Mr Kromah said more than 6000 police officers have been deployed across the country.

He urged the citizens to follow guidelines put forth by the electoral commission while encouraging them to report any malpractices to the NEC.

When asked on the role of the military during this election, the deputy commissioner was quick to point out that they will not be used unless it is absolutely necessary.

“The military will be in their barracks,” he emphatically said.

Mr Kromah said they have been in consultation with police chiefs from Kenya, Ghana among other African nations just to gain knowledge on policing during and after elections.

This election will be the first since the establishment of Liberia for a democratically elected Liberian president to hand over the reins to a democratically elected successor.

Political campaigns entered their final stages with all parties working hard to woo their voters towards voting for them.

Twenty presidential candidates will be competing in this year’s elections, including vice-president, Joseph Boakai, former footballer George Weah amongst others.

Many voters are hoping for a government that will overturn the economy and maintain peace in the country.

 

 

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