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The Ambassador of the United States of America near Monrovia has warned against elections violence in Liberia Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield said her attention has been drawn to pre-elections violence across the country She stressed that this was not good for the young democracy of Liberia Ambassador Greenfield said violence during elections was terrible using neighboring Ivory Coast as a case in point She admonished political leaders to advice their supporters against election violence She said her government is providing support to the electoral process in Liberia and has set up a strong team of election workers to monitor the process In a related the chairman of the National Elections Commission NEC James M Fromayan has disclosed that in spite of all the achievements made by the Commission in the lead-up to elections in 2011 there is a growing need for appropriate measures to be taken to avert any potential election violence As an emerging democracy Chairman Fromayan noted the endeavor is worth undertaking considering the fact that elections are competitive events in which political actors contest to gain access to state power at various levels Similarly he said it is a known fact that the election period can generate heated speech making and mobilize party supporters with intensity that can lead sometimes to violence He narrated that prior to the first post-war elections in 2005 when the country had just emerged from one of Africas deadliest civil wars resulting in the massive destruction of lives and properties there was huge anxiety and apprehension among Liberians and the International Community that the 2005 elections would be characterized by extreme violence However he indicated that it soon became evident that Liberians themselves were tired of war and were resolved to put back together the broken pieces and live in peace and harmony once more He is calling on Liberians to peacefully participate in the process
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