Scores of potential voters were turned away from one voting precinct to another in parts of Monrovia by poll workers on Saturday, 20 December 2014, as they roamed about in search of their missing voting places.
But in several other places visited, including the Doe Community School, BMI, the Boatswein High School on Jamaica Road, as well as D. Tweh High School in New Kru Town, among others, at least a few voters were seen in cues, and poll observers representing candidates, including independent candidate Robert Sirleaf, as well as CDC’s George Weah, among others, spoke of a peaceful exercise.
Mr. George Weah, who heads the youth-dominant CDC led in most instances, topped the preliminary results displayed at some voting precincts toured at the end of Saturday’s voting.
Meanwhile, some residents and poll observers representing various political parties in Clara Town claimed that some precincts may have been destroyed due to a stalled road project in the community that occasioned the demolition of many structures by contractors to clear the way.
However, the voting exercise was observed to be calm, despite a few complaints of missing precincts, as well as un-identifiable and outdated voting Cards presented by some voters wising to use their 1997 voter cards to cast their ballots in the 2014 special senatorial elections.
At the Clara Town Central High on Bushrod Island, the supervisor for observers representing opposition Congress for Democratic Change, Mr. Nimely K. Weah said NEC workers could not find on the log the ID and precinct numbers for some thirteen voters at the school they claimed to have registered.
“We advised them to check to the next precincts; maybe their polling place will be there. Some can go and come with the same problem…. For the casting of ballots, everything is moving on smoothly,” he told the NewDawn.
One of the NEC polling officers at the Clara Town Central High, Mr. Theophilus J. Massaquoi noted that those whose names were could not matched with what was on the book were asked to check at other polling places.
A resident of District 14, Mr. Christopher Toe also complained that some centers were created in the Clara Town area, but “because of the road, the centers were… not existing,” thus denying several voters the opportunity to cast their ballot.
“And so, most of those people had to turn their back to go home. And so, we think that it was an error on NEC’s part. Once you established a center, and at the end of the day you know that a road was built and the center was broken down, we think you must come and relocate those centers so that those who registered in those centers will have the opportunity to vote,” he said.
Despite the smooth voting exercise on Saturday, observers, like the European Commission’s Representative at the Zinna Christian Academy in Doe Community, Alphonso Cooper said the process was not encouraging during the morning of Saturday, as others apparently delayed to vote in the last minutes.
The CDC’s representative at the same center, Sandford Mcgill believed that others may have stayed away for fear of Ebola, as the special senatorial election did not put up long queue, opposed to the multitude that blocked traffic during campaigning’s here.