UP Representative Candidate Speaks On Political Indiscipline, References Tearing Of Campaign Posters, Flyers As Undemocratic

A stalwart of the Unity Party (UP), and a representative candidate for Montserrado County District # 17 has frowned on those who have resolved to damage campaign materials including posters, flyers and banners during this campaign period undermines the peace of Liberia and democratic value Liberians over the years have been yearning for.

Speaking in an interview with GNN, Hanson Kiazulo noted that such ugly action

threatens peace and stability especially during these critical electoral processions, and further blamed young people as the main group of citizens who said are demonstrating blatant indiscipline, and admonished them to desist from such uncivilized act.

He said based on such undemocratic posture, there is need for all political actors and their supporters to heighten discipline during the election.

“This task is a responsibility should be left with Liberia National Police alone or other security apparatus, but all of u., he advised”

He said the failure of sitting representatives is absolutely no reason for citizens to violently respond, but peacefully exercise their democratic franchise at the ballot box October 11.

Kiazolu at the same time used the occasion to frown on some candidates, who own media institutions are promoters of violence.

He added they broadcast hint messages and malign the character of those they are politically changing which is bad politics.

“This way most of us go about politking is not healthy for the maintenance of the peace and stability we all have worked for over the years and are jealously guiding, he noted”.

He intimated that a transfer of political power to another government is not only a milestone achievement for the governing party, but every Liberian.

According to the Unity Party official, Liberia has made some gains over the last twelve years, while noting that all must now embrace path of peace.

“It is no guess that the path of peace those gains can be sustained and build upon, he sounded”.

He wants politicians and their supporters to exhibit a high level of political maturity during the campaign period leading to the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.

“We need to demonstrate must to our international partners and the world during these critical elections that Liberia is ready to move ahead with its development agenda and not backward, he intoned.”

He recounted the years of conflict, stressing that Liberians are about to witness a transfer of power peacefully after decade.

Mr. Kiazulo pleaded with politicians and all Liberians to consider the importance of the country’s peace despite their political differences.

According to Kiazolu, strongly support decision of Liberia Police to drastically deal with anyone caught in such unlawful and ugly act.

Kiazolu concluded that such move by state security apparatus like the LNP will signal a caveat not only to who be trouble makers associated with parties and candidates, but those key political actors themselves.

The 2017 campaign process has been characterized by destruction of posters, flyers and banners of representative and presidential candidates, an act many have termed as one that threatens peace and stability.

There are claims and counter claims from political parties and actors with the Liberia National Police threatening to deal drastically with anyone party caught in such awesome practice.

The call to denounce electoral violence has also been serious emphasized by the UN Mission in Liberia, government, National Election Commission and partners as well as the ordinary citizens.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.