LIBERIA: Grand Bassa Police Frown On Election Scuffle Between Supporters Of Opposing Senatorial Candidates

From Elton Wroinbee Tiah | GNN Correspondent | Grand Bassa County |

Following a tussle between supporters of Gbehzohngar Findley and incumbent Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in Buchanan, the Grand Bassa County detachment of the Liberia National Police has cautioned that such conduct is “unfavorable”.

The police statement came three days after incident when officers gathered at a one-day forum to discuss “non-political association and the police readiness” to respond to violence during the impending senatorial elections and referendum.

Tension intensified on October 18 along the Tubman Street route around Sayepue Hill, which is meters away from the office of “Friends of Findley”. Supporters of the former Foreign Minister and Senator Kangar-Lawrence were embroiled in verbal altercation that almost erupted into a brawl.

The supporters of Nyonblee were seen parading from the Fairground while Findley’s supporters were marching from the Seventh Day Adventist School on Tubman Street when both groups clashed.

The police termed the incident as “an unfriendly electoral proceeding; for which appropriate actions of intervention must be ensured”.

The situation would have caused unforeseen circumstances had the Police with support from other joint Security member not swiftly intervene.

The police said the situation “contributed to the stalling or jamming of traffic, prevention of free movement as guarantee under Article 13 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia; and also caused panic amongst Citizens”.

“We believe that everyone must assist in upholding the over 15 years of Peace the Nation has and continue to enjoy,” the police said. “Therefore, the County LNP under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sarkoh J. Freeman as General Commander, wants to encourage everyone to desist from act that would degenerate into violence.”

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