In the wake of the currently political hullabaloo in the Country especially in district fifteen Montserrado County, the Election Coordinating Committee, ECC has Strongly Condemned the Trend of Electoral Violence which it said has the propensity to undermine the Liberia’s Fragile Democracy:
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) in a statement pointed out that said trend and pattern of violence and lawlessness has the ability to undermine the rule of law and the country’s peace process.
It said these trends of violence’s are an early warning indication that Liberia’s democracy is under threat
The ECC therefore calls on the government to move beyond condemnation of the violence and take concrete actions to ensure that those who perpetrate acts of violence leading to injuries and the destruction of property are held accountable for their action.
In a statement released Monday the ECC noted that the rule of law begins with the criminal justice system as such the police has a critical role to play in building public trust in the manner in which it deals with the people.
ECC at the same time challenged all political parties and their leaders to demonstrate leadership in the conduct of their activities.
“Our country must be guided by the experience of the past so that we can never go down that path again”, the statement added.
The ECC urged the government and security entities to take on strict measures that will prevent subsequent electoral violence.
The wave of electoral violence is troubling and needs the swift intervention from all stakeholders, noted the ECC’s statement.
Though Liberia is celebrating an uninterrupted fifteen years of peace but latest wave of violence and other increasing wave of insecurities in the Country should now claim the prompt and immediate practical action from law enforcement agencies and entities of Liberia.
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) is a civil society platform, comprising six (6) organizations that observe elections in Liberia. The members include: Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA); Center for Democratic Governance (CDG); Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP); Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD); Naymote Partners for Democratic Development (NAYMOTE-PADD); West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), and the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL). The ECC works in partnership with the Liberia Accountability Voice Initiative (LAVI) with support from USAID.