The Government of Liberia (GOL) has warned against any election violence and threatened that it will hold political leaders responsible for such violence. The GOL said while it welcomes the participation of its citizens in the leadership structure of the country, it is reminding all candidates that the government has a duty to keep the country safe and ensure the protection of lives and properties throughout the country.
Information Minister Lewis G. Brown told a news conference in Monrovia yesterday that in line with the laws of the country, it will not entertain ‘violence actions’ during the pending mid-term election.
Minister Brown disclosed that the government will hold all candidates responsible for the actions of their supporters indicating that this is the government’s last warning as the electoral process gets in full gear.
Minister Brown noted that to keep the country safe and stable it would require two things from the various political teams as it is a duty for the government to keep things in order. He said cardinal among what government expects of the candidates is campaigning remains peaceful and an agreeable fact that their campaigning process does not lead to further spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Minister Brown further noted that the Government of Liberia (GOL) also want those involved in these campaigning processes to observe the safety measures against the EVD as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
Stressing on the fact that government will hold candidates responsible for any violence action during the pending mid-term election, Minister Brown condemned the action of supporters of some candidates who are conducting their campaign in a destructive manner leading to violent action.
The government’s stance came a day after supporters of Montserrado Senatorial candidates Robert Sirleaf and George Weah clashed in Monrovia leading to properties damaged and other persons receiving minor injuries.