Liberian runoff ballot: Police say menace degree low



    Liberian National Police says menace degree for tomorrow’s runoff ballot low: Above Weah’s supporters dance in Monrovia

    By Harrison Arubu/Monrovia

    The Liberia National Police has allayed fears of doable violence in Tuesday’s presidential run-off election, saying the menace degree “may be very low’’.

    Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone in Monrovia on Monday, spokesman of the Force, Mr Sam Collins, mentioned the police had been ready for any eventuality.

    “The Liberia National Police is ready for this election. We have analysed the menace, and what we now have gathered is that the menace ranges on this election are very low.

    “We ask our residents and overseas nationals inside our nation to be very relaxed as a result of we now have the capability to cope with something that might be perceived as unexpected.

    “But from the place we communicate proper now we’re very sure of a really peaceable election.’’

    The United States authorities by way of its embassy in Monrovia had warned of doable violence earlier than or after the run-off election.

    In a press release, the embassy warned American residents residing in or travelling to Liberia that legal parts may reap the benefits of giant gatherings to assault harmless individuals.

    “Even occasions meant to be peaceable can flip confrontational and escalate into violence.

    “You ought to keep away from areas of demonstrations and protests and train warning within the neighborhood of any giant gatherings,’’ the embassy mentioned.

    The police spokesman, who declined to react on to the safety alert, insisted that there was no trigger for alarm.

    “We have accomplished the entire analyses and planning, and from what we see, Liberians and overseas nationals can go about their regular actions on Election Day,’’ Collins reiterated.

    Meanwhile, a NAN correspondent in Monrovia for the election experiences that the persons are celebrating what many describe as “political Christmas’’.

    The election is dominating discussions in nearly each public circle amid the Christmas celebrations.

    The run-off is between former World Football Player of eth Year, Sen. George Weah, and incumbent Vice President, Mr Joseph Boakai.

    Both males are battling to succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, whose constitutional two phrases in workplace finish in January.

    Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led 21 different presidential candidates within the first spherical with 38 per cent of the whole votes forged.

    Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) got here second with 29 per cent of the votes.

    They each fell wanting the 50 per cent plus one vote stipulated by the Constitution for a winner to emerge within the first spherical.

    NAN experiences that the primary spherical of the presidential and House of Representatives elections held on Oct. 10 had been typically peaceable and adjudged free and truthful by native and worldwide observers.

    However, third-place finisher within the first spherical, Mr Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP), filed a petition in opposition to the train on alleged irregularities and large fraud.

    The case, which ended on the Supreme Court with the dismissal of Brumskine’s petition for need of proof, delayed the run-off earlier slated for Nov. 7.