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Lutheran Church Holds Peace Dialogue With Political Parties, CSOs
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Lutheran Church Holds Peace Dialogue With Political Parties, CSOs

By Onesimus S. Garway, LINA Grand Bassa County Correspondent

BUCHANAN, July 13 (LINA) - The Lutheran Church under its Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program has held a day-long dialogue in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with political parties and CSOs, committing themselves to maintaining peace during the October elections.

The political parties that participated in the dialogue included the Liberty Party, Unity Party and Alternative National Congress.

Other institutions are the Community Empowerment for Change, Liberia National Police and Liberia Immigration Services (LIS) as well as the Election Coordinating Committee (EEC), Motorcyclists Union and religious groups.

Addressing the audience at the institution’s offices in Buchanan, the program Secretary General, Naomi Ford-Wilson, who represented the Bishop of the Church, said it is part of the church’s plan to ensure that the peace Liberia now enjoys is upheld during and after the upcoming elections.

Mrs. Ford-Wilson stated that Liberia belongs to everyone and as such the attention and collective work of every citizen is needed to ensure that the electoral process is violence free.

She explained that the Lutheran Church has been a major player in the progress that the nation has made over the decades, and cited Noble Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee as one of the products of the Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program who has excelled.

The dialogue was characterized by friendly interactions which unearthed several revelations from the citizens, one of which is the manner and form in which the National Elections Commission handled the voter registration and the voter roll exhibition processes which, they said, is worrisome.

Representatives of the political parties and Civil Society Organizations observed that NEC could serve as one of the main pillars of conflict if they do not conduct the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.

The participants then thanked the Lutheran Church and assured their commitment to upholding the nation’s peace.

LINA OSG/TSS/PTK

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