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Violence Free Elections, Please
Monday 10th October 2011
Beyond Tuesday’s elections, Liberians must continue to live together in peace, unity and love. Casting a ballot is just an event, but the way we will respond during and after the final votes are counted would determine crucially whether peace will be sustained or Liberia will degenerate along factional lines.
It is important that the October 11 elections be transparent, free, fair and peaceful in order that all Liberian can continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy which include peace, affordable healthcare, quality education, electricity and pipe borne water, paved roads, lucrative investments and jobs security and economic growth, among others.
We vehemently reject a repeat of the scenario of 23 August National Referendum when ballot papers were left in the care of aggrieved poll workers with no security and logistics. Such attitude creates room for suspicion that ballots could be tampered with if left unmanned.
The moment has come; the world is watching to see whether Liberians can prove skeptics wrong by going to the polls on Tuesday morning to cast their votes peacefully so that Liberian will emerge victorious rather than victim of electoral violence.
The New Dawn
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