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Police arrest eleven during violence at Nat’l Elections Com. Headquarters

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Scene from the violence at the Liberia National Police Headquarters yesterday in Monrovia
Scene from the violence at the Liberia National Police Headquarters yesterday in Monrovia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Violence erupted Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia.

The violence erupted when the hearing in the complaints filed in the District 15 Representative By-Election was ongoing.

The incident, according to reports, ensued between supporters of the Representative Candidate, Telia Urey, near NEC Headquarters and a group of concerned Liberians, resulting to stone throwing.

Reports said several people got injured and properties damaged during the standoff.

Meanwhile, final arguments into the complaint filed in the District 15 Representative By-Election is expected to take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

For the moment, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has arrested eleven persons in connection to Tuesday violence, and according to the LNP Spokesman, Moses Carter, in an interview with ELBC; those arrested are supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the four opposition political parties.

Spokesman Carter said:” The arrested persons are currently in police custody undergoing investigations at the National Police Headquarters.”

He described the situation as a threat and an attempt to undermine the peace and security of the State, but admitted that the police was overwhelmed in their attempt to calm the situation due to the limited number of officers at the scene.

Mr. Carter said:” Those arrested will be charged and forwarded to court for prosecution.”

In the meantime, the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) says it supports President Weah’s intention for Constitutional amendments in the governance of the Country.

According to ECC Chairman, Oscar Bloh, the President’s decision is necessary for Liberia’s fragile democracy.

The new amendment, among other things, is recommending the reduction of the tenure of the presidency from six to five years, while Senators from nine to seven years, and Representatives from six to five years respectively.

Mr. Bloh told reporters Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at a news conference in Monrovia that the President’s initial proposal is welcoming.

He is at the same time calling on the Liberian Leader recommend to the Legislature a comprehensive amendment to avoid a constant change of provision within the Constitution to minimize spending.


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