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Complete recipe for chaos

–Wilmont Paye says the ongoing census is fraudulent

By Lincoln G. Peters

Former chairman of the opposition People’s Liberation Party (PLP) Wilmont Paye says the ongoing controversial National Housing and Population Census is a complete recipe for chaos, disaster, and fraudulent elections in 2023.

Speaking during the 52nd-anniversary celebration of the University of Liberia (UL) – based Student Unification Party (SUP) over the weekend, Paye said Liberians should not submit to any fraudulent process.

He warned that it’s a recipe for disaster, chaos, and rigging of the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

According to him, nowhere in the world does a census process which is vital to development and election has been conducted along with the voter registration process.

Paye claimed that this is against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol that Liberia is a signatory to.

He explained that before the census process could commence, he urged Liberians to boycott it because it was allegedly not credible.

Paye claimed that the census being conducted by the government seeks to promote chaos and fraudulent election, but Liberians took his warning for granted.

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“I have been telling the Liberian people that allowing the National Population and Housing Census to continue will validate fraud, but yet many Liberians did not listen,” Paye lamented.

He said today Liberians are all seeing and believing what he had been saying because of how the process is being conducted. 

He added that ECOWAS has made it clear that no member state is to undertake exercises such as census less than one year to an election.

“Political parties were taking this for granted. This is what [a] dictator does, bad government thrives on the fact that those who should stand up shied away,” said Mr. Paye.

“And SUP is noted for that because over the years when SUP speaks out, nobody speaks. I urged you, people, to continue the advocacy and never disappoint the Liberian people,’’ he noted.

Meanwhile, Mr. Paye said on his birthday which is Thursday, 15 December 2022, he will be receiving a petition from a group of patriotic Liberians and conscious citizens of Montserrado County to contest in the upcoming 2023 senatorial election in Montserrado County.

He noted that it’s time that men with courage and bravery move into the Legislature to change the narratives of Liberians.

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