5 Aspirants Accuse Election Magistrate of Ignoring VR Violations

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Five of the aspirants in Nimba County have filed a formal complaint to authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) regarding voter registration (VR) irregularities in the county’s Electoral District #5.
The letter of complaint, a copy which is in the possession of this newspaper, was signed by aspirants Joe K. Touah Sr., Dahn Nyanway, Joseph G. Wehyee, Railey G. Myers and Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn.
The complainants called on NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya to transfer the Upper Nimba Elections Magistrate, Princeton Monbia, to another area of the county so as to curtail or put an end to the alleged ongoing trucking of eligible voters and the reported interference in the job the NEC staff is doing in the district.
“Our decisions to request the transfer of Mr. Monbia include, but are not limited to Representative Samuel Kogar’s relentless trucking in of non- residents of the district, particularly from Monrovia and its environs, which include residents of Peace Island in Congo Town, Neezoe, Morris Farm in Paynesville, Soul Clinic as well as Pipeline Road to meddle in the political affairs of the district by registering to vote,” the complaint said.
According to them, Rep. Kogar has bought in other people who are not residing in the district to register, including people from nearby towns such as Tiaplay, Gbanwea, Neantuo, Gomahplay and Beeplay.
In addition to the alleged trucking of voters from Montserrado and Nimba counties, the aspirants also complained that Rep. Kogar has trucked in people from the Ivory Coast border towns near the district and dispatched them to towns and villages where VR centers are located to register to vote in Liberia.
“Rep. Kogar’s cousin, Junior Abu, is his accomplice in this ugly game. He (Abu) travels to border towns, which include Blemieplay and Buelay, and transports residents from there to our district to register to vote,” the complaint further noted.
The complainants said the violation of elections laws in the district were reported to the magistrate of Upper Nimba, Princeton Monbia, in an attempt to get a redress, but unfortunately for them, they said, the magistrate did not look into the matter.
“We were dismayed because Mr. Monbia only dismissed the allegations without probing into them to verify either the truth or falsehood,” the aspirants complained.
According to them, Senator Prince Johnson’s revelation in 2013, which states that “several current representatives of Nimba, including Kogar, who succeeded on the defunct National Union for Democratic Progress’ (NUDP) ticket did not actually win elections in 2011, but he (Sen. Johnson) prevailed on Magistrate Monbia and many NEC staff in the county so that his men could get to the Capitol Building,” is now confirmed true due to Kogar’s lack of self- confidence to challenge other contenders at the ballot box without fraud, as he is now allegedly trucking voters to receive a remarking number that will grant him another term at the legislature.
“The stay (in the district) of Magistrate Monbia is an embarrassment not only to us and our people who believe in us, but for the NEC and the country at large,” they said, adding that Monbia, being the magistrate of that part of Nimba since 2011, undermines the credibility and efforts of the Commission.
“Considering all the mentioned counts, Mr. Chairman and your Board of Commissioners, we are pleading with your honorable office to re-assign Mr. Monbia from our district to somewhere else in Nimba or beyond so we may have free, fair and transparent elections in October,” the aspirants concluded.
Both Rep. Kogar and Magistrate Monbia are yet to comment on the allegation.

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