-Liberia’s Opposition Party On 2017 Polls

 

One of Liberia’s opposition presidential candidates, Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP) says the just ended October 10 polls in Liberia were the “most rigged election in the world.”

 

“We believe that Liberia will hit the Guineas Book of Records for conducting the most inefficient and most corrupt election in Africa,” Mr. Urey told newsmen at a press conference on October 25, 2017 in Monrovia.

 

According to the former Maritime Commissioner under the regime of jailed President Charles Taylor said it is only in Liberia that an internationally observed election would be held without a published voters’ roll from the National Elections Commission.

 

Urey said - “We have been the lone voice in complaining of things we saw coming. If somebody in the President’s office can be printing voting ID cards and the chairman of NEC was saying everybody with voting ID card would vote; it was something scaring that called for attention.

 “Forty years ago all the problems in our country continue to be but a few people and we continue to allow it."

"I am not deterred by the results of the election because every well-meaning Liberian knows that it is impossible for the ALP to perform the way they say it did.

“People manipulating the political scene, fooling people, creating leaders that are not leaders, they continue to use us, abuse us for their personal benefits and we are not doing anything about it.”

Amidst allegations by some political parties that the October 10 Presidential and Legislative Election was “rigged,” the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya has refuted the accusations, claiming that the elections were free, fair and transparent.

“People may have allegations about irregularities, and reports of misbehavior of some of our staff,” Korkoya said, and admitted that the NEC does not deny such assertions as such occurrences are unique to elections worldwide.

 

Korkoya told a news conference at the NEC headquarters in Monrovia Wednesday, that a total of about 1.7 million out of the 2.1 million registered voters were opportune to cast their ballots, something which, he said, should be taken as a fact that the elections conducted by the NEC was done appropriately.

 

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