Margibi Judge Calls for Judiciary to Ensure Peaceful Election

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KAKATA, Margibi – The resident judge of the 13th judicial circuit court in Kakata, Margibi has emphasized the need for the judiciary to play an important role in ensuring a peaceful and transparent representative and presidential elections come October.

Judge Mardea Chenoweth, issuing her formal charge as presiding over the 13th judiciary circuit court for its February term, noted that the judiciary sets the tone for justice, equality, and the fundamental rights of citizens. With such responsibility, Chenoweth said, it has an important role to play in the ensuing 2017 elections.

Chenoweth said the judiciary must create a level playing field by ensuring that the rules regulating the electoral process are in accordance with longstanding norms and the constitution.

“It’s the responsibility of all Liberians to maintain themselves by abiding by the rules of the elections commission, the laws of our land, and refraining from acts that provoke dissatisfaction and conflict,” Chenoweth added.

She further challenged Liberians to maintain the peace by registering to vote in the upcoming October 2017 election, a process she considers cardinal to the growth of Liberia’s fragile democracy.

“We cannot afford to mess up our election process by doing things that are not proper,” Chenoweth cautioned.

She reminded Liberians to respect each other and the laws of the land, as well as calling for the respect for the legal system and obedience to courts orders. She said violence was not the way out.

Featured photo by Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and currently the acting president of the Margibi Journalist Association. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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