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Local election violence leaves 3 wounded

By Thomas Domah / Nimba County

Several persons have been brutalized in Sanniqullie, Nimba County after violence erupted during a local election in Gbeinyoryee Town, Electoral District#2, Nimba county.

Residents of Gbeinyoryee Town gathered in huge numbers recently to elect a new leadership for the town when a victory celebration turned bloody.

The incident occurred over the weekend during elections for town chief and youth chairman, among other local positions.

The victims were among group of jubilant citizens celebrating victory when they were allegedly attacked and wounded by those from the losing side.

Those admitted at the government-run G.W. Harley hospital in Sanniqullie City, Nimba county include: Emmanuel Saye, 26; Darius Maintain, 38; and 18-year-old Abraham Mantain.

They sustained injuries on their heads and other parts of their bodies.

Eyewitnesses told The NEW DAWN that since 1990, this was the first election in the town, which supporters of the incumbent lost, leading them to go amok.

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Electoral violence of such nature are signs of what to expect in the main presidential and general elections as Liberians go to the poll in October if preventive measures are not taken now. Meanwhile, Police in Sanniqullie have launched an investigation into the incident with 12 people facing interrogation. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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