Executive Order 65 Threatens Peace, Stability

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Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff has said that Executive Order #65 does not only undermine the democracy that Liberians have worked hard to achieve and maintain, but also threatens peace and stability.

“It’s a threat to free, fair and transparent elections and makes one wonder what the President's intentions really are,” she said in comments posted on her social media page.

Sen. Doe-Sheriff is currently attending a conference on Child Labor held at the International Labor Organization (ILO) headquarters in Turin, Italy.

“The pronouncement by the President to restrict people's movement (by) banning rallies for a thirty-day period before and after the elections is in complete disregard for the rule of law and the separation of powers. It also shows a lack of coordination between the three branches of government, which saddens me on just where our democracy is headed as a nation,” said Sen. Doe-Sheriff.

In further comments posted December 11 on her Facebook page the Montserrado County Senator questioned: “Why only Montserrado (when) the rest of Liberia is (also) plagued with the Ebola virus? Yet people in other parts of the country have crossed from county to county during voters’ registration, proceeding to those counties to campaign for their candidates.”

Sen. Doe-Sheriff is calling on peaceful Liberians to condemn Executive order #65, which she said is a gross violation of their rights, urging the President to immediately withdraw the order and apologize to the Liberian people.

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