-Calls for Political Tolerance
Liberia’s premier democracy advancement institution, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development has strongly condemned the arson attacks (petrol bombs) on the National Elections Commission (NEC) facilities in Monrovia and the home of Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe by unknown men.
The institution has called on all political leaders, and Liberians to be conflict-sensitive, respect the rule of law to promote peace and prevent violence, according to a release issued in Monrovia.
The statement said the recent wave of throwing petrol bombs is dangerous and worrisome especially in a post-conflict society and has the propensity to undermine the democratic process, peace, and the gain the country has made over the years.
The institution is imploring the National Elections Commission, (NEC) and the Supreme Court of Liberia to maintain independence, be impartial, and conflict-sensitive in dealing with electoral matters as otherwise could undermine the integrity of the democratic processes.
The institution’s Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo has called for a political tolerance society.
He said democracy is a fundamental value in any society while most people rule; the rights of the minority should be protected. He said people who are not in power should be allowed to organize and speak out on critical national issues and individual citizens must learn to be tolerant of each other.
He said the ingredient of peace should be adherence to the rule of law, accountability, regular, free, and fair elections, and citizens’ participation in democratic processes reminding Liberians of the unpleasant past where thousands got killed and properties destroyed due to exclusion, inequality, and fraudulent elections.
Jawolo has called on ECOWAS and international partners to seriously monitor political development in Liberia and condemn the recent threat of petrol bombs throwing at the National Elections Commission and at Associate Justice Nagbe’s home.
The institution is calling for an urgent and impartial investigation by the Liberian National Police and perpetrators should be brought to justice.
It can be recalled that authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) woke up Monday to the news of an arson attack on the zinc roofed garage of its headquarters, with vehicles and some other valuables completely damaged.
According to details from NEC Communications Department, the incident occured at 10:30 p.m on Monday, March 15, 2021.
“The Commission says unknown persons threw petrol bombs on the compound of the NEC Headquarters which set ablaze a double cabin pickup, marked LB-6868 and the zinc garage,” Prince Dunbar, a staff of NEC’s Communication Department, said in a statement issued.
Dunbar added that a preliminary investigation from NEC’s security guards and officers of the Liberia National Police assigned at the Commission has established that, apart from the petrol bomb that exploded, two additional unexploded petrol bombs were found near the NEC fence on the 10th Street side.
“It is not known who might be responsible for the attack on the Commission, but the Board of Commissioners is worried about what has begun and will lend all its support to the security apparatus as they further investigate and employ efforts to bring the perpetrators to book,” Prince said.
He estimated the cost of the damage to about US$45,000.
The acting Communications Director at the NEC said the Liberia National Police (LNP) has called on the Commission to further beef up its security at the headquarters and for strict measures and vigilance.