It is less than two weeks left for Liberians to go to the polls to elect a new group of members of the House of Representatives and a successor of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf whose tenure will soon be expired.
President Sirleaf, Liberia and Africa’s first female president, will be turning over power in early January 2018. It will be the first time in seventy three years that a sitting Liberian president will be turning over power to a successor.
Already over 6 million ballot papers for both legislative and presidential candidates have arrived in the Country and the National Elections Commission or NEC has said the ballot papers and other sensitive electoral materials will be airlifted to all polling centers across the Country by helicopters of the United Nations Mission in Liberia.
Meanwhile, with just few days to the October 10 polls, there are fears of a possible outbreak of violence amongst contending political parties following a recent standoff between supporters of the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change of football legend and Senator, George Weah, the ruling Unity Party on one hand and the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine on the other.
Several persons were reportedly wounded and properties destroyed in the violence.
In apparent reaction to the incident, the Women in Peace Building Network,has issued a statement pleading with all Liberians, Particularly political actors to be calm and tolerant of each other to ensure a peaceful transition of power.
The group has also challenged the National Elections Commission to conduct free, fair and transparent elections for the sustainability of peace and stability in this post-war West African Country.