“Election Violence Poses Threat To National Security” -Rep. Domah Asserts; Writes House To Cite NEC, LNP
Nimba County District # 7 Representative, Roger S.W. Domah has expressed serious dissatisfaction over the recent by-election violence that left several persons critically wounded.
According to the Nimba County lawmaker, the incident reminded most Liberians about the country’s bitter past and how people were mercilessly killed using guns and cutlasses.
He said the violence on Saturday, November 17, 2018 exposed the country’s already struggling security sector and could be used as a trump card by invaders to undermine the nation’s hard-earned peace.
Representative Domah made these statements following the reading of his communication which was submitted to the House of Representatives plenary on Thursday.
“Hon. Speaker, esteemed colleagues, it is important to remind you all that we are sitting in an Extra-Ordinary Session to address issues of national concerns and considering the security nature and the threats said action posed to our emerging democracy, …. I request the appearance of the authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) to the full plenary of the Honorable House of Representatives to explain to us precautionary measures instituted for the avoidance of election violence…,” Rep. Domah stated through his communication which was read by the House Deputy Chief Clerk, Safur Geeplay.
At the end of the by-election campaign on Saturday, November 17, 2018 two candidates were allowed by the NEC to hold their campaign rallies at nearly the same location, a situation which triggered chaos.
Media reports had it that, supporters from major political institutions including the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the Liberty Party (LP), the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Unity Party (UP) and other political institutions were seen in fierce physical fight with each other.
“In light of this, I request that authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) be invited to appear before the full plenary of this August body to provide information on measures instituted to curb this situation thereby preventing future occurrences,” Rep. Domah added.