Staff of the National Election Commission or NEC has expressed serious frustration over the poor turn-out occasioned by the special senatorial elections held last Saturday, December 20, 2014 across the country under the auspices of the National Elections Commission.
The poor turnout was mainly blamed on the lack of trust in previous and current Lawmakers, as well as the various candidates.
Speaking last weekend at the ST. Mary Catholic Polling Center on Bushrod Island, Presiding Officer Roland Dweh informed this paper that some Liberians lost interest in the election because of the lack of trust and confidence in their leaders, saying the idea of exercising such democratic rights is for candidates to respond to the plights to their people through making impacting-making laws, good representation and rewarding oversight. He also attributed the poor turn-out to fear of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Serious disenchantments among some voters at the ST. Edward Catholic Polling Center in District # 15 characterized the exercise as many voters complained about the removal of the a series numbers from their cards, while others also grumbled about the removal of their photos from the election booklets, resulting to serious tensions between election staff and observers of political parties and Independent candidates.
Ganti Jeh, a voter who had gone to vote, described the staff of the NEC as immature in guiding voters, saying election staff should be people who have sufficient ideas on election activities and not ill-prepared underage individuals unable to control voters while in the process of voting.
Mr. Jeh accused the Commission of always in the habit of recruiting and using young people who lacks the ability to handle voters, noting that since elections are very sensitive and sometimes result to calamity, people recruited to conduct the exercise in the field must be knowledgeable and prepared.