By-Election Turn Out Threatened By PHP Residents Due To Electricity Supply

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Ahead of the Senatorial By- Election on Tuesday Several residents of PHP Community in district seven Montserrado County staged a peaceful protest demanding electricity supply in their community.
According to them said pivotal facility has been lacking for about four years despite multiple calls and negotiations from them to the Liberia Electricity Corporation on one hand and their lawmaker,Solomon George on the order hand.
Holding placards,knocking buckets,gallons and pot tops,the angry residents blocked the main streets mainly the intersection of Lynch and UN drive,saying “they want current” or else they will not vote on Tuesday,promising to disrupt the entire process as a result of their dissatisfaction.
They threatened to prevent any elections material from entering their community in the name of holding by- election when their demands are not met.
“Enough is enough, the too many empty promises to us,they added.
According to them several surrounding communities are electrified and wonders why they are not terming their current situation as personal but noted that they are tired with such disheartening issue and wants the government to address their plight now.
The Community has thousands of eligible voters many of whom are cdcians according to recent NEC results.
On the contrary,the LEC over the period through media report branded the PHP community as been a power theft prone community something the residents reject and added that even if it is the case,they are amongst several other communities guilty of power theft, why only them, their spokesman questioned.
Power theft and staging of demonstration in demand of electricity supply is the second of its kind since the birth of this government.
It can be recalled that residents of the township of Caldwell staged similar protest in the name of electricity in their community especially when they are host to the mount coffee power plant.
The situation should now draw the concern of the power to be as the adequate provision of basic social services to Liberians over the period has been a big challenge for past and present governments.
Meanwhile maximum security protection in the PHP community on Tuesday is necessary to ensure the protesters don’t disrupt the conduct of the by-election in that part of the country.