Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and opposition Liberty Party (LP) are still being investigated for an alleged act of election violence committed in Nimba County during a presidential elections campaign last year, outgoing Police Spokesman Sam Collins says.
Mr. Collins who has been nominated as Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs by President George Manneh Weah, told reporters on Friday, 9 February that authorities at the Liberia National Police (LNP) have written the CDC and LP to turn over individuals involved in the riot that ensued in Nimba County during their elections campaign.
Speaking at a one-day media-security forum held at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, Mr. Collins admitted to delay of the police findings due to an ongoing probe by police, and he could not say how many persons have been turned over to police.
But he assures that the investigation would continue since the electoral processes have ended, expressing hope that both the CDC and LP would submit their respective parties supporters involved in the confusion unto the police to enhance the investigation.
Mr. Collins admonishes the two parties involved in the case to cooperate with the investigation set forth by the LNP so as to find a peaceful and reasonable conclusion of the investigation and set a new page for future national elections.
Also speaking at the occasion, Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president Mr. Charles Coffey said even though some media entities in the country were engaged in “Partisan Journalism” during the election, the PUL has not brought any specific media institution to book for violating media ethics.
Mr. Coffey adds that the PUL could not call the names of media institutions or journalists investigated for ethical violations because the electoral process which necessitated the complaints had already ended.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley