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Joint Security urges parties to adhere to campaign protocol

By Kruah Thompson 

The Joint Security of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice is urging all political parties participating in October’s elections to strictly adhere to campaign protocol outlined by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

 Political parties and their candidates are also reminded to prioritize principles of fairness and transparency by strictly adhering to all protocols established by the NEC.

The announcement was made on September 16, 2023, during a press briefing at the Ministry of Justice on 14th Street Sinkor in Monrovia, when the Communication Director of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) Michael Geplay, and the spokesperson for the Liberia National Police (LNP) Moses Carter, jointly addressed the media, underscoring the importance of maintaining a peaceful and respectful electoral process. 

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Police spokesman, Moses Carter, voiced his concerns about recent campaign misconducts in Monrovia, pointing that it is the Joint Security’s responsibility to safeguard the security of the electoral process.

“The integrity of our democratic process relies on fair and respectful campaigning. We urge all political parties to respect the campaign protocol and maintain a civil discourse throughout this electoral season.”  Carter added. 

The campaign protocol, which was collectively developed by political parties and electoral stakeholders, outlines rules and guidelines that parties must follow during their campaigns. 

Mr. Carter said these rules are designed to prevent election violence, discrimination, and hate speech, fostering a healthy and constructive political environment.

He emphasized that strict adherence to the protocol is essential not only for the success of the electoral process but also for the peace and unity of the state. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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