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Judge warns against electoral violence

Barely eight months to the October 10th elections, the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi County hasseriously warned Liberians to refrain from messing up the pending exercise.

The Resident Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi Mardea T. Chenoweth gave the warning on Tuesday, 13 February in Kakata when she officially declared the court opened for the February Term for normal business transactions, speaking on the topic, “The Judiciary Roles during Elections.”

Judge Chenoweth said people must not mess up the electoral process by doing things that are not proper, because the whole world is too busy with its own problems than to look to Liberia.

“We have to do all we can for ourselves to ensure that the elections remain very peaceful for the smooth transition we all yarn for”, she emphasized.  She said citizens must respect one another and the law of the land to avoid any form of conflict, adding that the elections will be held in October and it is the responsibility of all Liberians to maintain themselves by abiding by the rules of the National Elections Commission or NEC and desisting from acts that provoke dissatisfaction, injustice and conflict.

“We cannot and will not allow anything to disturb the peace we are enjoying. Therefore, let us go to the various assigned centers and register to enable us to vote for the candidates of our choice in a peaceful and respectful manner so that we may have a peaceful transition as was done in Ghana. We cannot afford to mess up our election process by doing things that are not proper because the whole world is too busy with its own problem to look to our way”, Judge Chenoweth said.

Meanwhile, the opening ceremony was attended by county authorities, lawyers, court staffs and Liberians in general. The court usually opens four times in a year, beginning with the February Term and ending with the November Term.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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