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Security measures heightened

--Liberia and Ivory Coast on Border Security

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh 

Liberia and its neighbor Ivory Coast have agreed to heighten border security and surveillance ahead of the former’s presidential and legislative elections due in October.

Liberia Immigration Service (LIS ) Communication Officer Abraham Dorley detailed the plan when he addressed the media Thursday, 30 March 2023.

Mr. Dorley said the two West African states have underscored that border security is crucial for the conduct of a peaceful election.

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Dorley stressed that both countries will closely collaborate to protect the integrity of the borders against external threats.

The LIS official emphasized that a guaranteed election requires a border that will protect against threats and other harmful circumstances. 

However, Dorley noted that the LIS takes seriously citizens’ claims of voter trucking, saying it is working along with the National Elections Commission (NEC) to resolve the issue.

Earlier this year, Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf led a Liberian delegation to the Ivorian Capitol Abidjan to discuss cooperation between Liberia and Ivory Coast.

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Liberia is worried about election violence, as the country heads to the polls to elect a president. Incumbent President George Manneh Weah and several opposition leaders will battle for the nation’s highest office this October.

Former Liberian Vice President Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai, and former Coca-Cola Executive Alexander B. Cummings, are among Mr. Weah’s rivals for office.

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