“Widespread Fraud” LP, ALP, UP Charge

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A Full View of the various parties representatives at the joint press conference
  • Declare Total Lack of Confidence in NEC Chair Jerome Korkoyah and NEC’s Capacity to Conduct Runoff  

  • Accuse President Sirleaf of Electoral ‘Interference and Manipulation’

  • Vow to Seek Legal Redress

Three major political parties, the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP) and Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party, (ALP) have declared in a joint statement issued yesterday in Monrovia that the National Elections Commission (NEC) have declared “increasing and disturbing reports of alleged massive fraud” in the October 10 elections.

The statement, read by UP national chairman Wilmot Paye, said “Our respective political parties, in unequivocal terms, drew the attention of Liberians and the world to several issues of anomalies about the October 10, presidential and legislative elections.

“These anomalies include widespread and systematic fraud, incompetence, inefficiencies and deliberate actions and/or inactions on the part of the National Elections Commission (NEC) that prevented thousands of Liberians from voting in the just-ended polls.”

“Now frustrated and angered,” the statement lamented, “many of those disenfranchised have vowed not to vote in any scheduled presidential election runoff.

“We are appalled” said the statement, “by this mistreatment of our people and grievous offense against our nation.”

Mr. Paye noted that there has to be a credible process in order for there to be a credible outcome.

“We cannot accept why and how, even with total opposition from all political parties and key actors, the National Elections Commission allowed individuals whose names did not appear on the so-called Final Registration Roll (FRR) to vote. This idea was rejected right from the onset,” the statement said.

Moreover, Paye continued, “as many more revelations continue to emerge about individuals being caught in possession of thousands of fake Voter cards as was reported from Ganta, Nimba County on October 28, by many, the National Elections Commission headed by Chairman Jerome Kokorya and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have lost credibility and public confidence.

“In addition to our previous reaffirmed position of solidarity, we are united in one accord in pursuing the legal course initiated by the Liberty Party and the All Liberian Party. Together, we will pursue this to a logical conclusion.”

Paye further noted, “Today, we reaffirm our stated solidarity with the Liberty Party and all other political parties and candidates that feel offended and have strong reasons to believe that the October 10 polls were characterized by massive systematic irregularities and fraud.

“In furtherance of this solidarity, and also considering the overwhelming evidence of fraud that continues to emerge, our respective Political Parties have resolved to pursue this matter to a logical legal conclusion as quickly as permissible under Liberian Law. We will leave no stone unturned in our endeavors. This will safeguard our peace and reaffirm the purpose of our Nation.”

He added “But notwithstanding this legal pursuit, we cannot ignore the fact that many more startling revelations continue to emerge, thus further corroborating growing allegations that massive fraud occurred during the October 10, polls.

“At first, it seemed that these were mere ‘irregularities’ that could be corrected by simple administrative procedures and practices ahead of any presidential election runoff. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The magnitude of these allegations is alarming!

“Before the polls — and throughout the campaigning period — we raised alarm bells about what was becoming direct interference with the electoral process by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who any reasonable mind would have thought should by now be preoccupied with allowing a genuine transitional process, the first since 1944, when Edwin James Barclay stepped down for William Tubman, although Tubman himself would later cling onto political power for nearly three decades.”

Paye pointed out that the current trend in “Our electoral process is certainly not what Liberians and our International Partners had invested in so heavily and expected to see in Africa’s Oldest Republic. This is not what was expected toward the close of the stewardship of our Continent’s first ever-elected woman Head of State.

“We and our partners invested in peace and stability and therefore expected that a credible outcome from this year’s elections would only help to solidify Liberia’s recovery from long periods of instability. Instead, greed has resurfaced in its most callous form, sowing seeds of discord yet again with the intent of disrupting the fragile peace of Liberia. We cannot and will not tolerate this unacceptable course.”

He recalled in 2014 “when it was alarmed that there might be a grand scheme to reignite instability through manipulation of and/or interference with the 2017 electoral process. The discoveries of evidence of fraud being made across the country have validated that alarm. Circumstances leading to and after the 2017 polls have proven that we were not wishful thinkers at the time. We knew what we were saying and why we were saying it.

“Voters did not want to see an unresolved electoral process; instead, they wanted to see a conclusive process, one that would produce a credible outcome.

“While our respective political parties cannot (and do not intend to) compel anyone to subscribe to our values and ideologies, we are concerned about what appears to be a ploy to veer Liberia off from the path of peace,” Mr. Paye averred.   “None of us had the slightest thought that a president who was democratically elected twice would endeavor to create discord.

“We are under no illusion that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has so much to be grateful for twelve (12) years of quiet and uninterrupted stewardship in spite of the scathing effects of corruption and waste, nepotism, poverty and selective application of justice and the rule of law. After seventeen decades as a sovereign country, this is not what Liberia and its people deserve from a president this privileged.

“We are aware,” he continued, “that long before the October 10, poll, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had invited Election Magistrates to her residence for a meeting, which is unprecedented in election history. Our respective Political Parties maintain that this act clearly amounted to an interference with the electoral process and has no legal basis or justification whatsoever.

“The president’s conduct was an act of intimidation and inducement, especially since some Commissioners of the National Elections Commission had warned Chairman Jerome Kokorya against Election Magistrates meeting President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Those Commissioners were correct that because there was no precedent for it anywhere, that meeting was not necessary at all.

“We are reminded of the voter registration card printing machine and other official materials of the NEC caught in the possession of Amos Siebo, a staff in President Sirleaf’s office, and numerous voter registration cards that ended up in the hands of people, who were either not eligible voters or who voted more than once throughout country. It has also come as a shock to realize that ballots were without serial numbers, negating any possibility of accountability—creating the space for massive fraud.”

UP chairman Paye said that 19 days since the polls ended, “we continue to be deeply troubled by startling revelations from across the country about acts of fraud. We, therefore, call on the United Nations, European Union, African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the United States of America to take keen note of unfolding events since October 10.”

Concluding his statement signed by the three parties, Paye said “The views of Liberians, as expressed through their votes on October 10, which we now realize were not reflected in the announced results, cannot be taken for granted. The growing reports of buried ballot papers being unearthed in Grand Gedeh County and several locations across the country cannot be understated. There can be no surer or truer way to solidify our peace than through a genuine democratic process free of interference and manipulation.”

Meanwhile at the end of the October 10’s polls, The Carter Center, while admitting the election process enhanced the growing role of youth, providing them with opportunities to observe and engage through civil society organizations involved in the election process, made the following  “short-term recommendations to the National Elections Commission (NEC) that could lead to significant improvements:

  • “The NEC has acknowledged difficulties with long lines and queue management at polling precincts on Election Day. Given this, if there is a runoff, we recommend that the NEC offer polling precinct staff enhanced instruction on these issues before the second round.
  • “It is crucial that voters be able to easily identify their polling stations. We suggest giving this information at the entrance to the polling precinct in a manner that is clear to all voters before the voter begins to stand in line for a particular polling place.”
  • The Carter Center noted that NEC officials were proactive in visiting polling stations to resolve problems on Election Day, and “we encourage the NEC to continue to react promptly as issues arise throughout the tabulation process.”
  • “Transparency is crucial to the election process, and we urge the NEC to continue efforts to ensure the tabulation process is transparent at all levels and the public is provided the information it needs to fully understand the process,” The Carter Center said, adding that prompt release of results is an effective means of building confidence among the electorate and preventing confusion and tension.
  • To this end, The Carter Center urged the NEC to release provisional results, including a clear indication of the counties and percentage of precincts reporting.

Additioanlly, Ms. Samantha Smoot, the mission director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), noted that they observed that the transfer of materials from voting precincts to Magistrate Offices was not done according to procedures or in a secure manner in some locations.

Madam Smoot added: “In some places, materials were taken and stored at Magistrate Office warehouses overnight, and then intake processes were begun at the tallying centers on the morning of October 11.”

Madam Smoot also said the many precincts with multiple polling places lacked clear signs to direct voters to the correct queues.

“This led to confusion about which line to join. Where there were precinct queue controllers, some were not effective in directing voters to the correct queue.

“Processing of voters was slow and inconsistent in some locations and at some polling places a number of voters with valid registration cards were not found on the voter roll,” she said.

“These voters were allowed to cast ballots, and their names were written on an additional list. Also, there was a lack of clarity about the procedures on how to manage voters with registration cards that were not found on the roll, which slowed the process in those locations and underscored earlier concerns that the training for poll workers did not sufficiently address procedures for voter identification,” the NDI mission director said.

15 COMMENTS

  1. So your coming spoil our November show? You better go sit down, your were the same book people who put mr. check online for the remaining results. Your leave your own to God

  2. Despite all the hype and hysteria by Liberty Party sore loser Brumskine, NOTHING happened in the October 10 election that does not happen in elections in other countries: Voter error, late opening of polling places and other trivial irregularities are commonplace all over the world. But yet Brumskine says there’s “widespread fraud”—-widespread fraud, my arse!.

    The Court should throw out Brumskine’s flimsy complaint, and order him to pay for wasting its time!

  3. The silent majority will not allow any “threats” to pinch the peaceful transfer of power to the people of the Republic of Liberia. This election process will be fully completed as already enacted on November 7, 2017. If an aspirant or group is still partying and cannot take defeat or has complains about the Liberian election system, There touching or fighting again. Institutions are reactivated to listen, but will only be after the election process. You have a right to vote or abstain if there are personal or collective reservations. No party or anyone got to make their own time to lead this nation. When your time comes, God will send the Liberian people to majority you, if you have the actual factual Presidential lead. Wait for God’s time. The silent 57% will not hear any more superfluous comments until this New President is announced.
    Gone to silence. DO NOT ANSWER THIS BOX.
    Let the Liberian nation know.

  4. Liberians do not worry. Exercise your rights to vote or abstain from voting. God has given the actual majority the instruments to put them election trouble makers in place without effecting the nation. Do your own in peace. Tell the Liberian people.
    Gone. DO NOT REPLY in here.

  5. Silly and greedy people!!! Why didn’t you all form this type of alliance from the get go, to put up a very strong coalition??? 21 political parties as small as Liberia is all because of your individual greed.
    People power is reigning folks, no time for all these rubbish allegations.

  6. Of course, these cases shall go right back to where they came from, as is this ruling or incumbent DISUNITY PARTY´S “cry-baby-cry” (for their nanny – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), which has metamorphosed into screaming, upon the historic and patriotic political endorsement of the National Hero Senator George Manneh Weah by the National King-Maker Senator Prince Yormie Johnson!!!

    For even the Supreme Court, as well as international observers, and the rest of the international community, have long been aware that the result of the election could be no diffrent from what it is at this point. A RUNOFF BETWEEN AMBASADOR WEAH AND AMBASSADOR BOAKAI!

    Notwithstanding, realizing the ever present pretense and hypocritical nature of losers, and their duty to appease their members and supporters, it is no surprise that the likes of Brumskine,Urey, etc. would have to pretend some “CROCODILE CONTENTIONS” to their supporters, and to the Supreme Court, to have their membership and supporters take them seriously and not vacate their parties.

    As for this speculation about “interim government”, such arrangement is of course a NON-ISSUE, since the runoff shall go on as planned on November 7. 2017, as is the case with the inaguration on January 16, 2017.

    But what is surprising, but in fact, very laughable is that Brumskine, Urey, etc. would believe that they could ever qualify for this presidential runoff while a national hero (George Weah) of the main opposition Party and an incumbent candidate who had been VP for twelve unbroken years were vigorously participating

  7. Of course, these cases shall go right back to where they came from, as is this ruling or incumbent DISUNITY PARTY´S “cry-baby-cry” (for their nanny – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), which has metamorphosed into screaming, upon the historic and patriotic political endorsement of the National Hero Senator George Manneh Weah by the National King-Maker Senator Prince Yormie Johnson!!!

    For even the Supreme Court, as well as international observers, and the rest of the international community, have long been aware that the result of the election could be no diffrent from what it is at this point. A RUNOFF BETWEEN AMBASADOR WEAH AND AMBASSADOR BOAKAI!

    Notwithstanding, realizing the ever present pretense and hypocritical nature of losers, and their duty to appease their members and supporters, it is no surprise that the likes of Brumskine,Urey, etc. would have to pretend some “CROCODILE CONTENTIONS” to their supporters, and to the Supreme Court, to have their membership and supporters take them seriously and not vacate their parties.

    As for this speculation about “interim government”, such arrangement is of course a NON-ISSUE, since the runoff shall go on as planned on November 7. 2017, as is the case with the inaguration on January 16, 2017.

    But what is surprising, but in fact, very laughable is that Brumskine, Urey, etc. would believe that they could ever qualify for this presidential runoff while a national hero (George Weah) of the main opposition Party and an incumbent candidate who had been VP for twelve unbroken years were vigorously participating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Of course, these cases shall go right back to where they came from, as is this ruling or incumbent DISUNITY PARTY´S “cry-baby-cry” (for their nanny – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), which has metamorphosed into screaming, upon the historic and patriotic political endorsement of the National Hero Senator George Manneh Weah by the National King-Maker Senator Prince Yormie Johnson!!!

    For even the Supreme Court, as well as international observers, and the rest of the international community, have long been aware that the result of the election could be no diffrent from what it is at this point. A RUNOFF BETWEEN AMBASADOR WEAH AND AMBASSADOR BOAKAI!

    Notwithstanding, realizing the ever present pretense and hypocritical nature of losers, and their duty to appease their members and supporters, it is no surprise that the likes of Brumskine,Urey, etc. would have to pretend some “CROCODILE CONTENTIONS” to their supporters, and to the Supreme Court, to have their membership and supporters take them seriously and not vacate their parties.

    As for this speculation about “interim government”, such arrangement is of course a NON-ISSUE, since the runoff shall go on as planned on November 7. 2017, as is the case with the inaguration on January 16, 2018!!!

    But what is surprising, but in fact, very laughable is that Brumskine, Urey, etc. would believe that they could ever qualify for this presidential runoff while a national hero (George Weah) of the main opposition Party and an incumbent candidate who had been VP for twelve unbroken years were vigorously participating

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  9. The above-mentioned charges of criminal misconduct against Ellen Sirleaf by three Liberian political parties, including her own Unity Party, could have led to the Standard Bearer’s impeachment if supported by the evidence before a court of law. But it seems rather late in the day to obtain the redress being sought from the Court. The mistake of these good people stems from twelve years of self-delusion and incompetence: “None of us had the slightest thought that a president who was democratically elected twice would endeavor to create discord.” Well, this president was never really “democratically elected” – not even once! Besides, where have these opposition parties been hiding all these years as the Sirleaf-Boakai cabal presided over the most negligent, corrupt and incompetent government of Liberia ever?

  10. Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. That “ long before the October 10, poll, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had invited Election Magistrates to her residence for a meeting, which is unprecedented in election history. Our respective Political Parties maintain that this act clearly amounted to an interference with the electoral process and has no legal basis or justification whatsoever.

    “The president’s conduct was an act of intimidation and inducement, especially since some Commissioners of the National Elections Commission had warned Chairman Jerome Kokorya against Election Magistrates meeting President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Those Commissioners were correct that because there was no precedent for it anywhere, that meeting was not necessary at all.” This is plain dishonesty on the part of the outgoing president. The Supreme Court needs to seriously look into this. We did not elect Ellen to decide who succeeds her when her term expires. We elected her to serve her term only. She cannot plant a leader on us through tricks and artifice. By her interference, the Liberian people, as well as the contestants( the presidential candidates) did not have a level playing field as is required by law. The whole process was violated by Ellen and therefore undemocratic. The entire election process is tainted with corruption with Ellen presiding. By her act and interference, Ellen has been discovered to be the de facto Election Chair lady, while Jerome Korkoya is the de jure. In the interest of Democracy, the entire process need to be declared corrupt by the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, and therefore null and void. That which is not done legally, under the law, is considered not done at all.

  11. Mr. Seibo-Doe, these were the same people who, in 2005 and 2011 told Mr Weah to stop crying , because CDC didn’t win. Why are they now? ” there are so many good people in Liberia than bad people, it is the time for the good people to win”. One can only be a good person if one can accept your opponent victory, and concede defeat in any contest. Sensing defeat and trying to create problem, is work of bad people with rusty ideas.

  12. Is Partisan politics becoming the new form of factional divide in Liberia?

    The amalgamation (consolidation) of some major political parties like the newly form Coalition for Democratic Change (formerly Congress for Democratic Change) and the UP are now in a tug of war for presidential power.

    Throughout this 2017 election process we have witnessed infighting, dissension, dispute, discord, strife, conflict, friction, argument, counterargument, disagreement, controversy, quarreling wrangling, bickering, squabbling, disunity, and lately, legal complaints filed by Cllr Charles Brumskine of (LP) to the Supreme Court against NEC on charges of fraud and irregularities during the just ended Oct.10th 2017 general election.

    Is this a strategy to disrupt this coming Nov.7th run-off election by these party members (LP, ALP, UP) who are protesting just a week away from the run-off election? Is it their goal to de-legitimize this run-off election?

    If infighting, disunity and political wrangling among these various political parties are not addressed amiably and speedily before the run-off election, we could be treading dangerous waters toward instability? This is detrimental to the peace and stability we now enjoy.

    These aggrieved politicians, who act as though they are more sanctimonious (holy) than Pope Francis, fail to realize that the existence of 4.5 million Liberians should not be taken for granted. No one party or a single individual, be it the president or vice president, is more Liberian than the Liberian old lady on her farm in Grand Kru County, or the poor Liberian school boy or girl living near Mount Wologisi, or the Liberian hunter living in the village near Pleebo, Maryland County.

    These egotistical individuals fail to realize that we are all Liberians. Majority of Liberians are facing the same economic struggle of the “haves vs have not”; “the rich vs poor”; “honesty vs dishonesty”. Our common enemy is not political party vs political party; nor Contry vs Congua (being dissolved by virtue of intermarriages; social/religious/political integration; and the dissolution of one party state); our common enemy in Liberia is Inequality and the Lack of equal economic opportunity for all Liberians.

    We should stop all this partisan politics that is now tearing this fragile country apart. Haven’ we learned from the many years of infighting/war that destroyed this beautiful country and people of Liberia?

    For the love of Liberia, what does it matter if George Weah wins this run-off; he is still a Liberian. For peace and love of Liberia, what does it matter if Joe Boakai wins this run-off; he is still a Liberian. I don’t care who wins as long as the winner is able to close the big gap between the rich and poor, and make sure all citizens and foreigners living in Liberia are treaty equally under the law.

    Fulfilling this promise to all Liberians is a testament of true leadership!!!

    May God bless and guide the winner of this runoff election, and may God bless Mama Liberia from a repeat of self-destruction!!!!

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