Punish them with your voter’s card!
By: Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi
With just weeks to kick start the voters’ registration process ahead of the 2023 general and presidential elections, aspirants have begun encouraging potential voters to register and use their cards to punish none performing lawmakers come October.
Launching his voters’ registration awareness in Margibi County District #3 over the weekend at the Kakata Old Cinema, Representative aspirant Felesu Swaray told potential voters to get out and register to use their voting card as an instrument of punishment for poorly performing officials.
Mr. Swaray who sounded more comical said Liberians need to have their voting cards to enable them to pay their debts or punish politicians that have deceived them over the years.
He noted: “At the appropriate time, when you will be having your voting card already, then you ready to pay your debt. Ehn, you know what I telling you? You will have to pay your debt; the voting card will allow you pay your debt. With your card, you will punish those that have deceived you.”
Highlighting the importance of the voter’s card, Mr. Swaray said the card is the only instrument citizens can use to plan their children’s future when they decide who lead them next. The card, he added can also be used to vote out leaders they don’t want in the upcoming elections.
He further encourages citizens to take note of the voters’ registration date which runs from March 20 to April 9, 2023. He cautioned that people who will not take advantage of the opportunity will be left out of the leadership decision making process in the October 2023 elections.
According to him, if they missed the opportunity of getting the card because other people have played with their intelligence and marginalized them, they would be doing themselves a great disservice.
Explaining further, Mr. Swaray explained that one of the reasons that make the pending VR essential is that Liberia is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and there are three cardinal elections due to take place this year in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The countries he added will be going for elections this year and Nigeria as a very powerful nation in the sub-region, election results have the propensity to affect the result of Liberia’s elections.
The Gross Domestic Products or GDPs of the three countries triple the GDPs of the remaining thirteen countries in West Africa, he averred.
The voter registration awareness was preceded by a parade on the streets of Kakata before going to the cinema where the religious community, some stakeholders, first-time voters and others were represented.
A day before the awareness was officially launched, a member of the Margibi County District #: 3, Representative Aspirant Felesu Swaray’s Team (Team Swaray) Alieu Sheriff said on one of the local stations in Kakata along with his colleagues that their team sees the need to create the awareness in line with the National Elections Commission’s mandate as a way of encouraging more people to turn up for registration because they have observed that there is a lack of interest in the pending election.