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Liberia: Mass Gatherings Banned

William Q. Harmon | Daily Observer   in 
December 8, 2014

It is now clear that there will be no more mass campaigning activities in the ensuing senatorial elections if even the stay order placed on all electoral activities by Justice in Chamber Philip A.Z. Banks is lifted.

This is because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has exercised powers vested in her as President and banned all rallies, parades and demonstrations throughout the country for the next 42 days.

The Liberian leader’s decision may be in furtherance of the preventive measures instituted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with global health experts in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease that has ravaged the country. One of these cardinal measures has to do with the avoidance of physical contact among people.

The restrictions on these basic civil liberties are contained in Executive Order No. 65 issued in Monrovia yesterday by the Liberian President. According to the Executive Mansion, the Executive Order was signed by the Liberian leader on Wednesday.

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