Liberia’s Police Assure Safety in Presidential Run-Off for Peaceful Election

Liberia National Police (LNP) Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue has given his assurance that peace and tranquility will be protected throughout the presidential run-off election held on Tuesday.

Col. Sudue provided this assurance after casting his ballot at the Kendeja Elementary School in Rehab Community, Paynesville, Montserrado County.

Sudue emphasized that there is no need to fear as the joint security is fully addressing security issues nationwide to ensure a peaceful conclusion to the election.

The police chief informed journalists that the police have been actively working in the interest of all parties involved and will ensure that the presidential run-off remains peaceful throughout the entire process.

“As witnessed during the first-round election in October, we are confident that the second round will also proceed smoothly and peacefully because we are collaborating with all parties concerned,” Col. Sudue said.

He stated that the Joint-Security is acting in the best interest of the Liberian people and described Election Day as a positive democratic process for the country’s benefit.

Meanwhile, Col. Sudue condemned a recent incident of election violence in Foya District, Lofa County, where poll watchers from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) allegedly faced assault from supporters of the opposition Unity Party (UP).

It was alleged that on Monday, 13 November 2023, a helicopter belonging to the CDC was carrying pre-marked ballot papers when it encountered resistance from Unity Party supporters.

IG Sudue expressed sadness over the incident in Lofa but advised Liberians to avoid violence that could undermine the country’s peace process.

He assured that the Liberia National Police will remain attentive in dealing with those involved in violence and will ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

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