Chief of Staff at the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Major General Daniel Ziankahn
AFL Will Play ‘Limited Role’ In October Elections -Ziankahn
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, February 7(LINA) –The Chief of Staff at the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Major General Daniel Ziankahn has said the AFL will play a limited role in the October 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.
The Chief of Staff noted that there are security agencies responsible for elections and would perform their roles.
He explained that soldiers will not be deployed at registration centers or polling centers, noting that such is not the responsibility of the men and women of the AFL.
The AFL Chief of Staff made the remarks Tuesday when the Armed Forces of Liberia held its 60th Armed Forces Day Symposium at the Monrovia City Hall.
He stressed that the soldiers could assist in erecting centers during the election period which falls during the rainy season.
Meanwhile, the AFL official has said the accidental shooting of a boy in the West Point Township some two years ago does not represent the true picture Liberian army.
General Ziankahn stated that the West Point Township incident in which one Shaki Kamara was killed, should not define the AFL, noting that such experience will not be repeated by the AFL in its operations.
It can be recalled that soldiers of the AFL were deployed in West Point Township during the heat of the Ebola crisis in 2014 to quarantine the township, and that during a protest staged by residents against the establishment of an Ebola center in the Township, a boy known as Shaki Kamara was accidentally shot by an AFL soldier, which resulted to his death.