Korkoya Under Siege?

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NEC chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya

Amid Vote Irregularities, Threats of Violence

Amid rising pubic concerns about charges of irregularities in the just ended Montserrado County by-elections on the part of the National Elections Commission (NEC), reported threats of violence against its chairman, Jerome Korkoya, by unknown individuals, have added to the already mounting tensions.

News reports quoting Korkoya reveal that a group of unidentified armed men surrounded his home last night in the Paynesville suburb of ELWA, chanting battle cries and demanding an early release of the by-elections results.

According to reports, the Police was called in, but the men had reportedly disappeared into surrounding dark areas by the time the officers arrived. No arrests were made and it remains unclear how this development is going to affect the ongoing vote tally.

However, according to a retired security officer (name withheld), the reported threat on Korkoya’s premise appears to be a staged attempt to convey a false impression that Ms. Telia Urey is so desperate to win that she has resorted to the use of tactics of fear and intimidation when abundant evidence exists pointing to a pattern of violence allegedly perpetrated by supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and “armed thugs.”

Citing several recorded instances of violence, which the report claims were perpetrated by CDC backed elements, the retired security officer said never in his over 30 years as a law enforcement officer, have the comportment and deportment of the Police been drawn into such questionable repute as it is now under the leadership of its current head Patrick Sudue.

Telia claims irregularities

However, in a related development, Ms.Telia Urey, Montserrado County Electoral District #15 representative candidate has sharply reacted to provisional results released on Wednesday by NEC, citing “gross irregularities on the part of the Commission. NEC began the announcement of “provisional results” of last Monday’s by-elections on Wednesday at a press conference in Monrovia, putting Ms. Urey behind her rival, Abu Kamara, by nearly 1,000 votes.

Telia Urey: “Unless it is clearly established that the results manifest the will of the people, I will not accept any other result.”

In her phone–in interview with political commentator and talk show host, Henry P. Costa on her impression about the provisional results as announced by NEC, Ms. Urey said: “Unless it is clearly established that the results manifest the will of the people, I will not accept any other result. I have been engaging NEC for hours, and up to now (yesterday morning), nobody is able to tell me how they came up with the unrealistic results as announced by NEC chair Jerome Korkoya,” she said.

It can be recalled that during the evening hours of Wednesday, July 31, the NEC, through Korkoya reported a provisional result of 4,540 votes or 37.89 percent for Telia Urey, the candidate on the ticket of the four collaborating opposition political parties, while Abu Bana Kamara of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) obtained 5,515 votes or 45.95 percent.

Korkoya said the total number of votes cast in the representative by-election was 12,265, and that, of this number, 12,002 were valid, while 263 were invalid votes.

Ms Urey told the Daily Observer yesterday that she had filed an official complaint against what she described as irregularities, which occurred during last Monday’s by-elections.

“We are still waiting. We will only accept the results that reflect the will of the people,” Telia Urey told Costa, a staunch supporter of the opposition block and the chairman of Council of Patriots (COP), a local pressure group that aims to push the CDC-led government to work in the interest of all Liberians.

As regards the vacant seat in the Senate, CDC executives, including its chairman, Mulbah Morlu have conceded, and congratulated Abraham Darius Dillon who, up till Wednesday, was sitting comfortably ahead of his closest contender, Paulita C.C. Wie, with a margin of 16.93 percent. Of the total of 100,519 votes NEC said that Mr. Dillon received 53,270 votes or 53.88 percent, while Ms. Wie, his closest rival of the CDC received 36,531 votes or 36.95 percent.

Meanwhile, Telia Urey, speaking to the Daily Observer yesterday, said she has been cited to appear at NEC at 11:00 a.m. today for hearing into her complaint.

11 COMMENTS

  1. How is it that it took just a little over 48 hours to tally and reconcile the votes cast in the senatorial race, which was reportedly100,519 votes for the entire Montserrado County, and it is taking more than 72 hours to tally and reconcile the votes (12,265) in one district? wouldn’t it have made more sense were this scenario the other way around, with the NEC bogged down with the results from the senatorial race which had a larger population/votes cast, compared to the votes from just one district? Moreover, when you consider the fact that most, if not all of the same voters that voted in the senatorial race which was county-wide, were the same people that voted in the district election, then there ought not to be so much discrepancies in the smaller district election, which is a subset of the county-wide election. This goes to say the apprehension of the voters powered by the suspicion that something fishy is going on here, is therefore justified! Because this scenario doesn’t make any sense at all anywhere on this planet, except in Liberia, that is, to be bogged down with the computation of the figures within the subset, versus the figures in mother set. Something is not right about this one bit. How does the NEC expect the losing side in this race to accept the so-called final result, with assurances that the election was fair? And will anyone blame any contending side for whatever their reaction, and for not “demonstrating grace,” or “political maturity ” in accepting such questionable result? The longer it takes the NEC to announce the fair results of this election, the more suspicion and outcries it breeds for itself, which unfortunate posture often sets the stage for whatever the reaction to that pronouncement. And such happens the cinders that spark election violence. Don’t say nobody told you, Korkoyah and company.

  2. Chairman Kokoya must maintain his reputation and that of the NEC by ensuring that results to be announced actually represents the will of the people as indicated on tabulation sheets, approved by NEC’s poll workers, signed by all representatives present at polling stations and copies distributed to representatives of candidates across Monrovia. The hopes and aspirations of the Liberian people are that their voices must be heard through their votes and this cannot be high-jacked or manipulated in any shape or form to favor any particular person.

    It must be noted that if the numbers from all polling stations, especially District 15 as represented on tally sheets signed by all parties at polling stations, and copies given to representatives are high-jacked and manipulated, the reputation of NEC will be in questioned and Liberians will reject and resist these results at all cost. Liberians are eagerly waiting to see if their National Elections Commission is an honest institution with integrity, especially given rumors affiliated with the past elections.

    Chairman Kokoya must maintain the integrity of the Elections Commission for the safety and protection of the Liberian Democratic Experience. Emmett Harmon has come and gone and Liberians and the world are watching with eagle eyes. The honesty, integrity and the transparency of the National Elections Commission are all on the line. The Ball is in your court to Save the Nation of Electoral Corruption. LIBERIA MUST RISE……..

  3. Once blackmail, forever blackmail! Liberians must understand that they elected this president, and therefore he serves at their will. Not the other way around.

    Continuously bowing to the CDC blackmail has now opened the door to more threats and intimidation and a floodgate of abuses.

    Enough must be enough. Good men and women cannot sit supinely and allow this kind of well-calculated evil to prosper. All citizens of goodwill must assemble themselves to address this impending danger — a danger that hangs over the horizon of the nation.

    They must exhaust every avenue within the constitutional framework of the nation to ensure that the voice of the people must be respected always at the ballot boxes.

    Believe it or not, the CDC camp consists of the complexion of people who are experienced in waging terror against the peaceful population of Liberia. The yearning of our poor people for peace in the midst of some of the grossest injustices ever endured by any group on earth, has now sent the wrong signal to the president and his camp.

    In spite of the fact that Liberians have maintained an unusual patience in remaining silent, peaceful, law-abiding, and succumbing to wrongful decisions against their will, the odds have still been stacking-up against them.

    Lord, what else should they do?

  4. It does not come as a surprise. President Weah’s statements prior to the elections has created the drama which Liberians are now witnessing at District #15. Leaders in positions of power must be conscious of what they say always because consequently, it will come back to haunt them at some point in time. And so it is with this scenario.

    Prior to the election, President Weah has plainly stated that while he is in power, none of the Ureys will ever hold any elective position in Liberia. Moreover, he accompanied his pronouncements with anti-feminist diatribes by calling Telia, “That little girl.”

    These rabid statements certainly emboldened the president’s followers many of whom as he had previously admitted comprise the war crime participants. These are the casket-toting individuals; they are violence prone, hardcore, and will take anyone’s life just at a moment’s call by the president.

    The thinking of the public now is that the pre-election violence that was waged against Telia’s followers, was meant to deliberately cause chaos, commit mayhem, and at last spread fear and panic among her potential voters to the extent that a good number would not show-up for the fear of its lives .

    In the same token, it would allow enough time for the CDC to rig the election, by infusing the ballot boxes with the much talked about and suspected counterfeit ballots that were not cleaned-out of the NEC’s voting roll even after the Supreme Court of Liberia had mandated since 2017 that the NEC should purge its voting roll of ghost names.

  5. It is possible that the chairman has eaten President Weah’s money to cheat, but it is back firing. When they did it to Former VP Boakai in 2017 they happy. We are watching.

  6. Things to observe: (10) Right to call the Executive cock-r and the right of President, as human, respond by calling the opposition candidate killer and thief, normal statements in frosty campaigns in the world. (20) The Political struggle with lust, hate, and lies that form part of canvass on the dirty side, and hale to power on the normal side. (30) The tearing down of postal of a party’s publicity which should have been reported to the commission prior to throwing stones and complaints of irregularities in vote count. (40) The media announcements of results prior to vote counts which induced the fusion of celebration on street corners. (50) The Liberians who constantly fail to observe Official activities, like ceremonies, independent day, fast and prayer day, flag day, arm forces day, etc… that should be peaceful with celebrations instead riots and violence.
    In as much as the Liberian people recognize the majority in control, to put the Official elected to power, Public sentiment should not override actual vote count because it enhances the direction to Liberia.
    Sometimes we wonder whether peoples who solidified such impunity and totalitarian destroy have this nation at heart. Otherwise question whether those who support such power fight are really Liberians? The ballot box will always be the true voice of democracy. Once factually counted, truly elected, always won. Thus there will be no need for suspicion or fear to lead the people of The Republic of Liberia when actually elected to power. Do not Chat here. Tell your own to the people.
    Gone to silent majority.

  7. When is the best time to celebrate an automated system in an election vote count? After the Count or before the count? The ballot box is only know.
    Gone too.

  8. Lets face the facts. Why blame the present pallet commission? Most of which were brought forward from the last administration. All parties and independent candidates up till now have not petitioned the Government to instruct the executive brand nor have the legislators and judiciary seen yet the need to replace commissioners after such intervals to inhale neutrality in election activities. There was a female pallet seat. Now we still have a pallet election chair.
    Stealing from all branches of government has been the call to curb corruption refusing to note that corruption is not only stealing. A change for personal gain to power is corruption. An appointment of election without a platform is even worst. Let us assume that corruption was focused on stealing all these times. Why have we not yet put all these stealing monies together to develop our economy? Because those who have stolen from the Liberian nation refuse to share or return,refund the peoples’ resources back to the people. Still no real health care, none electricity for all, no real running water, not but a pinch of roads and bridges, not our own airplanes, and ships. Where are Liberians essentials of life we once had on the west coast of Africa? We should not have fought a war in the first place. No more war should ever come here again.
    Do not call me back. Go vote on your own. You have a right to vote and not to vote.
    With 57% silent majority.

  9. The world is watching! Perhaps JGK wants to sell out to the public the character he has built over the years.

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