Margibi Leaders Call for Commitment to Peaceful Election

KAKATA, Margibi – Stakeholders in Margibi have committed themselves to a peaceful and violence free election as the country is set to undergo a major democratic transition following the October 10, 2017, elections.

Speaking at the launch of the civil voter’s education and awareness in Kakata over the weekend, the local stakeholders said they would play a vital role as local leaders in making sure that the electoral process is conducted under a peaceful atmosphere in Margibi county.

Making remarks on behalf of Margibi county superintendent, county information officer Darius Weamie called on the local voter educators to refrain from campaigning for any politician but rather to focus on educating the electorates on the electoral process.

He also used the occasion to call on political campaigners to abstain from attacking each other’s personalities.

“Please tell the electorate what your candidate will do if elected and stop castigating each other,” he said.

Meanwhile, Margibi’s gender coordinator, Daniette Asilton, said female participation in the elections was necessary because of the long disenfranchisement of women in the democratic process.

She encouraged women’s involvement in the elections while adding that this will further ensure the maintenance of the country’s peace. She added that participation is the constitutional right of women and they should utilize those rights.

“Your participation in this political process will tell the world after many years how far the women of Liberia have come, where they hope to go, and how they will reach there,” Asilton noted.

She further challenged Margibians who are actively involved in the electioneering activities, especially the youth, to protect the peace the country now enjoys and to denounce any form of electoral violence.

Margibi’s election magistrate, Fomba Swaray, disclosed that 75 persons had been recruited to raise awareness in the five electoral districts across Margibi.

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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