KAKATA, Margibi – The elections magistrate of Margibi is calling on political parties to meet requirements of the National Elections Commission and notify his office of campaign activities.
Fombah Swaray said no political party or independent candidate in Margibi had submitted to his office the tentative schedules of their campaign activities.
He said while all candidates have the right to freely campaign, they must adhere to the National Elections Commission regulations and submit to the local NEC office in Kakata their campaign schedules to avoid campaigning at similar locations.
He said when that is done, conflicts and tensions will be minimized as it will allow NEC and the Liberia National Police to better respond to incidents.
Swaray made the call at a stakeholder meeting organized by NEC to educate political parties and other institutions associated with the upcoming presidential and representative elections.
The one-day gathering aimed to provide basic information on the ongoing campaign and other related issues that might cause chaos if not handled delicately by political actors and stakeholders.
“Without your cooperation and support, we cannot achieve what we have all worked for over the years,” Swaray said. “It behooves everyone associated with the process to protect it irrespective of whatever may arise.”
He also disclosed that the ongoing replacement of lost voter registration cards will end on August 13.
Also attending the meeting was Margibi Superintendent John Zubah Buway, who called on political parties, the media, and police officers in the county to responsibly carry on their various duties during the elections season.
He said as Liberia prepares for a smooth transition of power next year, everyone must work hard in ensuring that the country continues to enjoy peace.
Buway said his administration would work closely with police, the media, and the National Elections Commission to ensure that the process remains peaceful.
Meanwhile, Margibi County Attorney Isaac George said the judiciary branch of government would not relent in prosecuting “troublemakers.”
George also called on journalists to be independent in carrying on their work and avoid “partisan journalism.”
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