Television stations in Monrovia including the state run LNTV are showing another disturbing video of how ex-football legend Ambassador George Weah appeared to have damaged his ballot paper during voting in the special senatorial election on 20 December, 2014.
Mr. Weah who similarly damaged his ballot paper back in the 2011 general and presidential elections while contesting as vice presidential candidate to Cllr. Winston A. Tubman, is shown to be leading his main contender independent candidate Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf in the special senatorial race here in Montserrado County.
In the video, Mr. Weah who heads the youth- dominant Congress for Democratic Change or CDC that is mainly rooted in Montserrado County was escorted by some able body supporters in his African gown to his polling place located at Kendija on the Roberts Field Highway to cast his ballot on Saturday.
The nearly four-minute drama began when Mr. Weah first attempted to drop his ballot paper in the ballot box without making it, just after officers of the National Elections Commission varified his information from the log and handed him his ballot paper to vote.
A NEC officer had to direct Mr. Weah quickly from the ballot box where he was already standing to drop his ballot paper to the secret booth where he was instead required to stand and mark his ballot paper before coming back to finally cast it. After struggling over the ballot paper behind the secret booth for roughly a half minute, Mr. Weah again began signaling the poll officer and displaying his ballot paper, apparently seeking help.
Having responded to Mr. Weah’s call from the secret booth and taken a look at the apparently damaged paper, the NEC officer could not offer the CDC strongman anything like a change of paper, but only urging him to continue his voting process.
Despite his first experience in the 2011 elections, Mr. Weah apeared to have preferred voting by stamping his finger on the ballot paper with ink, a method mostly used by some elderly persons or in some instances, illiterate voters that may be avoiding the use of pen to mark their ballot papers for fear of making mistakes.
Mr. Weah who was seen robbing hand on his stomach while the NEC officer looked into his problem, reluctantly accepted the same ballot paper from the officer when he realized that it could not be changed.
The CDC political leader additionally struggled for more than two additional minutes behind the secret booth to mark his paper, blowing the paper at some points and at times blowing his hands. Mr. Weah finally had to walk away from the secret booth after spedning nearly four minutes and blowing his hands as he moved towards the ballot box in which he cast his vote.