3,000 Liberians vow to abstain from voting
A survey allegedly conducted by a local group called Borough Youth Association (BYA) claims that over 3,000 eligible voters who acquired the 2017 National Elections Commission (NEC) valid voter identification cards have vowed not to vote in the 10 October presidential and representatives elections.
Presenting the survey report to the people of Montserrado County Electoral District #16 over the weekend, BYA Secretary-General Mr. Richard Tugbeh claimed that most eligible voters interviewed in the district have attributed their unwillingness to vote to their leaders’ failures to identify with residents whose homes were swept away by sea erosion.
The BYA report alleges that its survey recorded the figure in the worst affected coastal communities of Corner West and Popo Beach in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.The report claims that beside authorities’ alleged failure to identify with erosion victims, the eligible voters are saying that they would not vote in these elections due to the alleged refusal of their district Representative Dr. Edward Forh to unveil the names of the construction companies hired to pave the New Kru Town to Duala Market Road and the St.
aul Bridge Town Hall projects respectively.The report maintains that the 3,000 respondents interviewed during the exercise added that they would not participate in the ongoing electoral process because they do not know how much money was allotted in the County Development Budget for each of the projects as well as who signed for the money.
While vowing to stay away from voting, the 3,000 Liberians are said to be calling on their fellow compatriots in the district to see reason not to vote in the October elections unless those responsible to provide answers to their enquiries do so in order to give a clearer picture on the matter.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley