Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged all the people in the country to let the elections be peaceful while candidates have started campaigning.

The third presidential and general elections following the 14-year civil war is scheduled to be held on October 10 and earlier on Monday this week the president urged political leaders through a radio broadcast to put the country first and control emotions of their supporters.

The 78-year-old added, “We hold them as political leaders who seek the highest office of our land to act with dignity and responsibility that befits the office – to live up to their commitments to ensure violence-free elections.”

More than a quarter of a million people were killed in the civil war that ended in 2003.

President Sirleaf is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and anxiety is now high in Liberia as to who will succeed.

It is not to forget Sirleaf led the country during the recent Ebola epidemic that killed over 4,800 people.

Currently the opposition is divided and this is said to benefit the top candidate, vice president, 72-year-old Joseph Nyumah Boakai, who is endorsed by the president.

However, the former soccer star George Weah too is looked as the top rival to the vice president. He ran as vice president on the 2011 ticket but lost to Sirleaf. In 2005 he lost the presidency election too.

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Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged all the people in the country to let the elections be peaceful while candidates have started campaigning. The third presidential and general elections following the 14-year civil war is scheduled to be held on October 10 and earlier on Monday this week the...