PYJ Accuses President Sirleaf of Tampering With Elections

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With just 11 days to the representative and presidential elections, Senator Prince Y. Johnson has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of playing sinister games with the elections.

Sen. Johnson’s accusation was made during a press conference on Monday following President Sirleaf’s recent meeting with the chairman, 19 magistrates and some other officials of the of the National Elections Commission (NEC) at her private residence before her trip to New York to give her final address to the United Nations General Assembly as Liberia’s head of state.

Addressing journalists at his party headquarters in Monrovia, the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR) said “under no condition President Sirleaf’s meeting with the NEC officials could be void of selfish and devilish plans.”

“An intelligence from within has informed me that President Sirleaf has recommended a list of 5,000 new names to the NEC so they can be recruited to be in charge of the counting of ballot papers right after the elections,” he claimed.

Although Johnson did not state the name of the source of his information, he alleged that credible information he has received says that the magistrates received parcels and huge sums of money to work at the will and pleasure of President Sirleaf.

“We are all aware that some time back we, leaders of political parties, went to the Farmington River Hotel and signed a peace accord  known as the Farmington River Declaration and accepted to also respect the Ganta Declaration, an agreement which is also in line with the Farmington Declaration. The Farmington Declaration was signed by all political leaders and approved by Madam President so that all of us would ensure that there is a peaceful democratic transition of power, a transition which no one will manipulate,” he said. Furthermore all the signatories to the Declaration want to see free, fair and transparent democratic elections. “That is our dream, that is our hope and that is what we envisage for Liberia,” said Johnson.

Johnson pointed out that he and his colleagues in the opposition block, as well as some members of the Unity Party, want to see a violence free election process during and after the polls.

“The intent of Madam Sirleaf’s meeting with those guys is unknown but it is not to be taken lightly. She has openly announced the name of Vice President Boakai as the candidate she supports in these elections. Therefore, she is no longer neutral. Having announced her choice, I think there was no need to invite Korkoya and others to her private residence for a secret meeting,” he said.

Johnson called on President Sirleaf to be neutral. “We are spending millions of US dollars to do all of our political activities, including campaign. Therefore, if we will accept the results it must mean that we are squarely defeated on the field but any manipulation from Madam President or whoever is in favor of anyone will not be welcomed by us,” Johnson warned.

He called on the international community and partners of Liberia to advise both Madam Sirleaf and the NEC “to avoid any ugly electoral acts that may threaten the peace of the country.”

Concerning President Sirleaf’s statement that she would like to see a younger generation take over the nation’s leadership, Senator Johnson asked, “I wonder how old she was when she ran for president? And if she decides to turn power over to a young man, then she should allow the process to be free and fair. If the young person she wishes to see ascend to power wins freely and fairly we will accept the results and continue to serve our country in the best way possible. Anything short of transparency, credibility and fairness will not be accepted and we will use all constitutional means to challenge those results.”

Korkoya: “It is good to ignore triviality”

When contacted via mobile phone to comment on Johnson’s allegation, the chairman of the NEC, Jerome Korkoya, said if the public or media outlets mean well for the country, they would do well to “ignore triviality,” adding, “It sounds comical to have heard that Johnson’s so called intelligence has informed him that we at the NEC have accepted names from President Sirleaf for immediate inclusion on our list of polling staff, more so to make them presiding officers or ballot enumerators.”

He reiterated that the meeting with the President was not a secret meeting, neither was there any sinister motive. “We as officials of NEC, including the magistrates were accompanied by EU and Angie Brooks Center representatives. Even the deputy to the SRSG (Farid Zarif) was in attendance,” he said.

“Are you saying Madam President called them too to bribe them or demand anything in her favor? I have told you that the meeting had no selfish reason embedded. And what people should have known by now is that inasmuch as we are an autonomous agency, we are not an island. There is nowhere in the world an elections commission works in isolation of the ruling establishment or other partners.”

Korkoya further explained that the Commission’s funding comes from legislative appropriations with the support of the President, who is the head of government. “What I can say is that no one in this country should think that he or she wants a more free, fair and transparent elections process. Madam Sirleaf wants her gains to live beyond her tenure, and so she is highly interested in the conduct of a peaceful electoral process,”  said Korkoya.

“You people sometime back overheard Mr. Benoni Urey making a remark that unless there are electoral frauds he does not see himself losing the  presidential election. Are we saying he was right, too? We have to be serious here, particularly so when we all are aware that it is only one president we will have after the elections. There must and will be losers but their defeat will not come because we have a fish to fry. We at the NEC are committed to doing the right thing for our country, not just an individual because he or she threatens us or the President.”

Commenting on the excess ballot papers for the elections, Korkoya said he was taken aback by the Daily Observer editorial that expressed suspicion over the excess.

“I wish the Daily Observer and all other institutions and persons could take time and research on standards of elections globally. There is nowhere in the world wherein a national elections commission procured the exact numbers of ballots as per the number of registered voters. Why the suspicion then? We have to go beyond our own perimeters sometimes and search afar for answers to some of our critical questions,” he said.

He clarified that the essence of the excess ballots is to replace damaged or lost ballots. “What if a canoe carrying a consignment of ballots capsizes? What if an individual marks a ballot and realizes later before dropping it in the designated box that he or she had made a mistake? Considering all of these unforeseen circumstances and others even not named now, we don’t have to postpone or cancel elections because of any of them,” Korkoya said, adding that elections are expensive and the cost of postponing or canceling one is more than holding it in the first place.

All efforts, meanwhile, to get comments from the official spokespersons of President Sirleaf did not materialize as their contact numbers were switched off.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. PYJ want to be the problem in Liberia.
    This guy forget to know that he can be arrested anytime
    in Liberia to turn him over to the International Criminal Court.
    If you lied on the President, I think only ICC will decide your
    Fate. Remember that ICC monitoring you Mr. PYJ!
    President Trump is ready to give order for anybody see
    to be the problem in Liberia to be kept somewhere.

  2. MR. KORKOYA STILL DID NOT EXPLAIN TO THE LIBERIAN PUBLIC WHAT THIS MEETING WITH ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF WAS ABOUT.THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES NEEDS NOT BE KEPT IN DARKNESS WITH INFORMATION RELATING TO ANY ELECTION, TO YOU MR. PASSAWE,STOP YOUR PERSONAL ATTACK AGAINST SENATOR JOHNSON,REMEMBER YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU WRITE ON THIS SITE,WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND LIBERIA’S ELECTION? LIBERIANS DESERVED TO SPEAK THEIR FREE MIND,IF THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR YOU, I AM AFRAID YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT DOESNOT ALLOW THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.IT IS UP TO THE PRESIDENT OR ELECTION COMMISSIONERS TO EXPLAIN TO THE LIBERIAN PUBLIC WHAT THAT PARTICULAR MEETING WAS ABOUT 11 DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION, ELECTION IS NOT A SECRET MATTER BUT PUBLIC,REMEMBER,THE SENATOR IS ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT TRANSPARENCY,WHICH OFCOURSE, IS A LEGITIMATE CONCERN.

    • So Mr. Vonleh, what you want Mr. Korkoya to explain?, why don’t you ask all of those that were at the meeting to explain what the meeting was about. “US, EU, AU, UN” instead of following the stupid idea of Mr. Johnson. When are the people of Nimba going to learn that people are making fool out of us Nimbians, can you think for yourself, or is it because it is coming from the mouth of Prince Johnson so it is believable. I hope all of us Nimbians can pray for our country and for the up coming election, instead of looking for some way not to accept the result of the election.

  3. “Under no condition President Sirleaf’s meeting with the NEC officials could be void of selfish and devilish plans. An intelligence from within has informed me that President Sirleaf has recommended a list of 5,000 new names to the NEC so they can be recruited to be in charge of the counting of ballot papers right after the elections,” says Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson.

    Our friend PYJ is neither the discipline – challenged young AFL soldier of the 1970’s nor that unhinged warlord running roughshod on rounded – up innocent noncombatants at his Caldwell base Gulag, but, a Senior Senator of the great people of Nimba County, so will he provide evidence? Because he can’t be talking from both sides of the mouth; stoking war indirectly and directly in one breath, and talking peace in another.

    For should in case anybody wanted to steal the presidential race, with the bright searchlights of US, EU, AU, UN, yea, the whole globe zoomed on Liberia, it would be stupid to try. And PYJ knows that EJS isn’t. Moreover, she won’t trade her international prestige to please any soul. If she didn’t try that on behalf of her son Robert Sirleaf in the 2014 senatorial race against eventual winner Senator Weah, why would she want to gamble all now?

    Undoubtedly, this presidential race will be ethically conducted; the question then becomes, would the NEC – declared loser in a second round run – off accept the results, or go to a Supreme Court seen as partisan and usually kowtowing to the whims and caprices of EJS? That’s the question, and risk Liberians can’t afford. Needless to say, unlike the Kenyan Supreme Court, ours must earn some credibility, ironically, by unwavering commitment to rule of law and impartiality.

  4. Prince Johnson whatever his name is, need to shut the fuck up right now. These gio people all they talk about is war. Gio people the Main reason why Liberia distort today.

  5. This is heresy for this man to continue to brew trouble in Liberia. He makes himself look ridiculous with these reckless claims that he does not buttress with solid supportive evidence. He is trying that old Liberian “Dey say.” But he forgot we all know that Day Say (daisy) in the bush. Nothing but desperation on Mr. Johnson ‘s part. He has lost the right to be referred to as “Honorable.” He is henceforth in my mind, “Mister Period.” Like Alice Walker’s the Color Purple character.

  6. Mr. Earnest B Johnson, please close your mouth. Some of you ran from the USA to go to Liberia to get job when your “OLD MA” was first elected in 2006. There was available chance, you came right back. “THE CHICKEN HAS COME HOME TO ROOST”. IS it not PYJ who delivered Nimba county vote to Ellen in 2011? He knows who she is. BIRDS OF THE SAME KINDS FLOCK TOGETHER.

  7. Get serious folks! Remember Kenya had to void their election result and the international observers said it was fair. @ this junction of the road it’s wrong for the head of the election committee to be meeting with the head of a political party.

  8. If the meeting was actually held and NOT SECRETIVE, it hangs a dark cloud over the the present duty of NEC, a supposedly neutral body! This is not the time to be having a meeting with any selective stakeholder. How will NEC convince the public that the meeting was in good faith and in the interest of everybody? Already; Liberians are nervous and highly suspicious that there are plans to manipulate the outcome of this election! Voters are concern that beside the presidency, efforts are on the way to influence the outcome of the districts’ representative election. Hopefully, NEC will play by the books!

  9. GY , I AM NOT SURE WHAT YOUR REAL NAME IS, FOR REASON BEST KNOWN TO YOURSELF DECICED TO ABBREVIATE YOUR NAME.YOU NEED TO STOP WRITING GARBAGE ON THIS WEBSITE ABOUT THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA OR PROOF ABOUT GIO PEOPLE, VERBAL PUBLIC ABUSE,APPARENTLY, YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION VS CIVILIZATION ARE ALL VERY LOW. YOU NEED TO FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LIBERIA, THERE YOU WILL LEARN IT WAS NOT A GIO PERSON THAT BROUGHT WAR IN LIBERIA,NEITHER DESTROYED LIBERIA. IF YOU FURTHER DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN A REASONABLE CONVERSATION AFTER DOING ALL OF YOUR RESEARCH, YOU MAY THEN POST YOUR REAL NAME. BELOW IS MY NAME,GONKARNUE VONLEH, A RESIDENT OF BROOKLYN CENTER MINNESOTA

  10. GY ALSO KNOW THAT COUNTRY COMES FIRST INSTEAD OF TRIBE,BOTH YOU AND PRINCE JOHNSON ARE LIBERIAN. KEEP THIS FORMULA IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD. PATRIOTISM – TRIBALISM=COUNTRY.LEARN TO LOVE YOUR FELLOW MEN, NO MATTER THEIR ETHNIC ORIGIN,SKIN COLOR,TRIBE, RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION ETC.

  11. Liberian people have good reason to suspect sinister design from the meeting President
    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf called and had with the NEC’s officials and some staffs at her private
    home. If one thinks on the backing President Sirleaf gave to NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya
    during his trial at the Supreme Court, her ignoring of all credible evidences including Korkoya’s
    American Passport number, proving that he is a foreign and not qualified under the Laws to
    remain as Chairman of Liberian elections and the tears shared on the floor of the Supreme
    Court of Liberia and still he is heading the national elections, one should not expect that
    Mr. Jerome Korkoya will fail to conduct these elections in the way and manner President Ellen
    Johnson-Sirleaf dictated to him. That is the ironic of the elections. Liberians are going to the
    polls but the elections, in view what is expressed herein above, had been decided by President
    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, period! Will the Liberian people accept that? It remains to be seen!

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