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Ebola-stricken Liberia suspends nationwide elections

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Liberia has suspended senatorial elections due next week as the country grapples with an accelerating Ebola outbreak, the election commission’s chairman, Jerome George Korkoya said in a statement on Thursday.Almost three million voters had been due to take part in Senate polls on Tuesday but organisers said there was no way a “mass movement, deployment and gathering of people� could go ahead without endangering lives.

Restricted numbers of polling staff and low voter turnout would make it impossible to conduct a credible election, the election commission said.

Liberia, which has seen more than half of the almost 4,000 deaths so far in the outbreak ravaging west Africa, had been due to elect half of its legislative upper chamber.

The election commission said it had recommended the postponement because it could not conduct “a free, fair, transparent and credible election� because of the epidemic.

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