US$6.4million For Elections; Security

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    In an effort to provide adequate security services during these elections, the Government of Liberia is to pay US$6.4million to the country’s joint security known as the ‘National Elections Security Taskforce (NEST), Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman has told the Senate Security and Intelligence Committee Thursday in Monrovia.
    He said out of the 6.4million United States dollars projection, the initial contribution of US$700,000 has been provided.
    The Taskforce encompasses the National Security Agency (NSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), the Ministry of Defense, Liberia Immigration Service, The Executive Protection Service (EPS), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Liberia National Fire Service, (LNFS).
    He explained that the Taskforce has assigned at least three police officers to each political party and independent candidates.
    Col. Coleman said to avoid protesters bulging into the National Elections Commission’s building, the taskforce has deployed officers of the Emergency Response Unit at the elections body headquarters.
    -Writes Alex Yomah