NEC Expresses Concerns Over Foya Violence -Says Acts Violate Farmington River Declaration

MONROVIA: The National Elections Commission(NEC) has reacted swiftly to the violence incidence that erupted last week between the supporters of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) and the Unity Party(UP) in Foya, Lofa County, saying it was deeply concerned situation, stressing, “the Commission condemns this act which is a clear violation of the Farmington River Declaration (FRD)”

In a press release issued by NEC and signed by Prince Dunbar, Deputy Director of Communications on Saturday, September 30, 2023, the electoral body informed all political parties including Independent Candidates contesting in the 2023 General Elections and electorates about their commitment to ensuring that Liberia is free from all forms of election violence in compliance with the 2023 Farmington River Declaration in these remaining days leading to the October 10, 2023 elections.

According to the release, the violent act between aggrieved Liberians in Foya City affected the work of one of its election monitors who was taken to safety by onlookers.

“The NEC statement urges all well-meaning Liberians including political parties and their sympathizers to publicly condemn these acts of violence and work to ensure calm is restored to Liberians in Foya now and throughout the period of these elections”, a statement from NEC concluded.

The statement from NEC formed part of several others that came out from stakeholders including international development partners, political parties, civil society organizations, among others in the wake of the ugly situation that resulted to the death of 3 persons and injured many others.

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