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NEC, Media, Joint Security In Bong Sign Peace Resolution

NEC, Media, Joint Security In Bong Sign Peace Resolution

By Sylvester W. Korwor, Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, Oct. 11 (LINA) -The National Elections Commission (NEC), the media and Joint Security in Bong County have signed a joint resolution to ensure successful campaign activities and Senatorial election on December 8, 2020.

The resolution, which was signed during the weekend, guarantees journalists accessing information from the joint security and NEC without hindrance.

The resolution is also aimed at enabling the three institutions to perfectly coordinate in order to provide the electorates protection, adequate information, free, fair and transparent 2020 Mid-term Senatorial election in the county.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at a mass meeting in Gbarnga,, which brought the three institutions together, Assistant Police Commissioner for Bong County, Colonel Fredrick Nepay defined the role of the police as “guardians of the electoral process,” including protection for candidates certified by NEC.

At the same time, Col. Nepay assured maximum protection for reporters and staffers of the National Elections Commission throughout the electoral process, describing the gathering as, “historic”.

Also in remarks at the meeting, Liberia Immigration Service Bong County Commander Inspector Quewon Gono, stressed the need for more manpower in the county.

He, however, assured the gathering that everything will be done to protect all borders of the county, including the Guinea border with Liberia in Jorwah, Panta District.

On his part, the Bong County Commander of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Special Agent John P. Quanah, disclosed that the EPS will provide training for security officers that will be assigned to Senatorial candidates.

Special Agent Quanah cautioned the media to be independent in their reportage, urging that every reporter should always use the access pass in order to be recognized and allowed by poll workers and the joint security.

Also in remarks, Liberia National Police (LNP) Regional Commander for Bong and Lofa Counties, Morris Tumah, assured that the joint security will be “reactivated” so as to enhance a peaceful election, adding that security officers will be present at all political rallies in the County.

The LNP Regional Commander encouraged journalists to always balance information they gather from the joint security before publication, noting that this will enhance a peaceful election in the county.

Speaking on behalf of the media, two media executives, Press Union of Liberia Coordinator for Bong County, Mr. Samuel Kplawuo and Bong County Community Radio Network president, Mr. Uriah Mitchelll, cautioned journalists to maintain the good history of peace in the county since 2005 in the discharge of their duties.

According to Mr. Kplawuo, under the watchful eyes of Assistant LNP Commissioner for Bong County, Colonel Fredrick Nepay, the media has enjoyed “maximum protection”, adding, “no media practitioner has ever been assaulted by security officers in the county.”

In remarks, the National Elections Commission Upper Bong Magistrate, Mr. Daniel Newland, lauded the three institutions for the discussions that led to the signing of the joint resolution that will help to enhance a free, fair and transparent election in the county.

Newland described the role of the media and the Joint Security as “very crucial” in the electoral process noting” “For a journalist to be allowed in a polling place, he or she must be accredited by NEC,” he said.

Newland also called on the media to contact the NEC office throughout the election process anytime there is problem.

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