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LIBERIA DECIDES- 2017: Three parties question October-Elections conduct

Jos Garneo Cephas
ANC Standard-Beare,r Alexander Cummings, LP Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and  ALP  Standard Bearer, Benoni Urey.
ANC Standard-Beare,r Alexander Cummings, LP Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and ALP Standard Bearer, Benoni Urey.

MONROVIA,LIBERIA-The Liberty Party (LP) and two other leading opposition parties have raised serious concern over mass electoral irregularities leading to fraudulent act as counting of ballot papers of the October 10, 2017, Presidential and Representative Elections continues.

The LP Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, in a press conference held Friday, October 13, 2017 in Monrovia, called for a re-run of the entire elections for alleged electoral malpractices committed during the process.

According to the party, they are ready to file a formal complaint backed with supportive evidence with the National Elections Commission (NEC) Thursday, October 19, 2017 or go to the Supreme Court for further redress into the party's concerns.

The party said the elections marred by gross irregularities and fraud, undermined the integrity of the elections and deprived thousands of Liberians their constitutional rights to vote.

“Based on our assessment of evidence available, the results of these elections are not valid,” Cllr. Brumskine”, said.

The party’s allegation considered the stuffing of ballot box by a NEC presiding officer in Nimba County; the alleged breaking of a ballot box seal in Bassa, late opening of polls at some centers, omission of names from the voters roll, among others.

The All Liberian Party (ALP) was the first political party to officially filed its complaint with the NEC for  what it considered  alleged irregularities in the just run elections.

In spite of this, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) Standard-Bearer ,Alexander Cummings, has expressed serious concern about the integrity and subsequent validity of the recent elections outcome.

In a statement issued Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Monrovia, the ANC Standard Bearer said he was also disturbed by the reported thousands of Liberians that were denied their constitutional rights to vote due to inefficiencies and negligence in the administration of the process.

Mr. Cummings named stolen ballot boxes to mix-matched tally sheets, centers moved with no notice to voters, intimidation of poll watchers and an unprecedented number of both invalid votes and turn-away voters.

He said: “These were clear indications that the process lacked the capacity, preparedness and consistent application of the rules to ensure that the votes of the Liberian people were protected with a guarantee of results that reflect the true will of the Liberian people”.

The ANC Standard Bearer said the ANC has engaged expert assistance to conduct a detailed review and stressed that as a Liberian, dedicated to creating change and reform, he will explore challenging the purported outcome of the recent elections.

Preliminary statements have been issued in Monrovia surrounding the conduct of the October 10, Elections by the Carter Center and the ECOWAS Elections Observation Team headed by former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, commending Liberia for the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the elections.

Despite  the commendations however, observers across most counties have reported difficulty in locating voters on the Final Registration Roll in some polling places.

International bodies also observing the elections have made several recommendation on what appeared to be a related problem,  reported of  ineffective queue management, mainly in large precincts, affected the orderly flow of the polling, creating confusion among voters and long lines throughout the day.


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