CPP delegation instigated violence…residents and police say

MONROVIA,  Dec 18-The head  of the Collaborating Political parties-CPP,  Cllr. Aloysius Toe  and team instigated violence in Gbarpolu county, some residents and police spokesman told this paper Friday.

“Cllr. Toe and his team were  calling their supporters here on the ground to move in to  the polling centers and  ensure that the boxes  are taken from there. Also, they called to inform their supporters to  cause confusion,”  Mathew Zinah, a resident of Gbarpolu said.

He added: “I was on the scene when the party agent of CPP got a call from their big man in Monrovia that they were sending some people to come here. So, they should  do everything possible to create problem. That is the language CDC understands,” he added.

It can be recalled that last week, the CPP said  Cllr. Toe and  others were arrested  last week by state security when it travelled  to Gbarpolu on a fact finding mission after it was  alleged that their candidate madam Gbotoe Kanneh was harassed.

The National Elections Commission-NEC  decided to carry out a rerun of the elections in Nomodatahum district number three.

Another resident, Maima Konneh  said, “we live here.  It was good for the police to intervene because it was going to be bad.  I think  the way things were going on here, it was  good  that they restore  calm. I am a member of  Unity party, but the way some of our people are looking at this election.”

When this paper contacted the police spokesman Moses Carter  confirmed the arrest of Cllr. Toe and others but said their actions were anti-peace.

“Those people were arrested because they  were instigating violence.  They encouraged their supporters to take away ballot boxes. We cannot allow this to happen

He said, a total of seven persons were arrested but no  lady among them. They were taken to the city for causing electoral violence in the place.  We cannot allow this to take place.”

He did not say when  they will  be prosecuted.



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