‘UP Discovered, Acknowledged, Participated in Wrongs’

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UP chairman Wilmot Paye (seated), testifying against NEC at the Commission's headquarters on Saturday November 11, 2017

-Cllr. F. Musa Dean asserts, as UP chairman Paye admits voting, though his name was not on Final Register Roll

As the ongoing Unity Party’s intervention hearing case has begun producing witnesses and pieces of evidence, the party’s national chairman, Wilmot Paye, admitted that he voted on October 10 even though he knew that the National Elections Commission was wrong by making an addendum (additional lists) as part of the electoral process.

Paye, who took the witness stand over the weekend to testify against the NEC, said his name was not found on the Final Register Roll (FRR) at his voting center in Nimba Electoral District #4, but was persuaded by the NEC staff to accept the placement of his name on the addendum list so he could vote.

“My name was not found on the FRR after a long period of search, but I was asked by the Presiding Officer that my name must be written on the addendum list they had there so I could vote, even though I knew that was a very bad practice introduced in our electoral system,” he said.

He said October 10 polls were marred by irregularities and frauds only because the FRR was not credible. “An election cannot be credible in the absence of a credible final voter roll. What the NEC gave us as a party and part of the electoral process was incorrect and did not reflect the actual work done by NEC at the time of the voter registration period,” he noted.

The UP chairman said his party took note of the flaws in the FRR immediately upon receiving it and called on the Commission to do all it could to correct them.

“They promised us that the mistakes discovered in the FRR were going to be corrected before elections day but unfortunately our expectation was not met. People voted without their names found on the final voter roll and many polling places were opened later than the constitutional time of 8 a.m.,” he said.

Paye noted that his party has in its possession records of some polling places having more number of voters than the required number or the actual number of registered voters at those centers. Although he was not specific in providing evidence on said polling centers, the hearing officer noted his claim.

When asked by the NEC chief hearing officer, Cllr. Muana S. Ville, as to whether his party agents signed all tally sheets and records of counts after the conduct of the disputed elections, Paye answered affirmative but clarified that the NEC later produced different records rather than what his party agents affixed their signatures to.

NEC chief hearing officer, Cllr. Muana S. Ville

Arguing for the NEC, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean said UP is not being fair to the public. “This is very unfortunate. Isn’t it this same UP among all qualified political parties that received the FRR from NEC 30 days prior to the conduct of the October 10 elections? Is it not this same UP that discovered the wrong, acknowledged it and yet participated in doing the same wrong? Was it not announced by this Commission that owing to the fact that the voter registration process was faced with challenges there was a need to accommodate all registered voters who have valid voting cards? Did UP object to that by saying let there be no elections until all names were included in the NEC database system? Mr. Hearing officer, the best thing UP could have done was to abstain from the process as CDC abstained from the 2011 presidential runoff on allegations that there were frauds,” Dean rested.

Dean said UP is crying foul, far beyond reality and in particular more than the principal complainant, the Liberty Party (LP).

“The Supreme Court gave us five days to adjudicate the LP’s case and if the party is not satisfied, may take an appeal to the Supreme Court but here is where we are. Over a week has passed and we are still being challenged by UP who refused to obey the law of intervention or complaint at the NEC, should one feel aggrieved. They bypassed the seven days constituted period of complaints and, by technicalities, succeeded in being accepted to intervene. Now, they are the very party over-delaying the presidential runoff which should have taken place on November 7 this year,” he pointed out.

He said after the October 10 polls UP did not file in any complaint but wrote the NEC requesting a discussion on the challenges uncovered at the polls. “They wrote the NEC on October 23, requesting time for a sitting to discuss but now the case is different. They appear now to be the main complainant and responsible for the intentional delay of the planned presidential runoff,” Dean noted.

For his part, Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman said UP is doing nothing wrong and that the party is only interested in seeing the wrongs corrected by the NEC. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes us. All we want is justice and justice we shall receive,” he said.

Cllr. Ville, who recently denied and dismissed UP’s motions for additional third-party representation at the hearing, adjoined the hearing to Monday, Nov. 13, with six other witnesses from UP expected to testify.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I hope Liberians far and near are observing the process of delay created by people who have been terribly selfish throughout their public life to the Liberian people. History is again bringing them to book as educated trouble makers. But thank God for the mindset He, God has placed in our ravaged and desperate citizens for been so tolerance, patient and peaceful in this time of our nation’s history making, where the transferation of presidential power is yet to happen. The ruling Unity Party has turned itself to a rebellious political opposition party instead of been in the vanguard of nurturing the peace we have as a ruling party, has become a violator and an under miner of election laws and to confuse the process becoming a wolf in sheep clothing opposition and a complainant. To be very precise, one of the figure involve in this impasse has a track record of never been there for the poor masses-Varney G. Sherman, a corporate lawyer has live his life pleading for the elite or wealthy at the expense of the poor who could afford the fees of justice. Wilmot Page ruling party National Chairman is a scapegoat in this impasse, just to gain some relevance given his testimony and admittance of voting at the wrong location, he is highly knowledgeable of the election laws but decided to confuse the process in order to hold the Liberian people hostage after these October 10, elections. However, I hope Liberty party who is the principal complainant in this matter is observing the party it has alliance itself with in this case-A criminal mind, preconceived motive to cause or stir trouble, knowing fully well that the Liberian people has lost confidence in its leadership and made a decision to vote them out of office. I can emphatically say here, that Liberians are no more fools, though some educated ones called them illiterate and uneducated but simple sense is sometime better than too much book. The world is watching and Liberians have resolved to make this decision of democratic change of leadership, no interim government or rerun, their tricks has been exposed. Your money or time finishes park your bags and go home.

  2. M. B; you are very bias with your assessments. Get Real! Back track and look at the whole process. Indeed! There are many irregularities. First of all, an ELECTIONS COMMISSION should be INDEPENDENT; in the best interest of all political parties. J.G. Korkoya a LAWYER, knowing that, should have never had tolerated certain behavior(s).

  3. 1. THOSE ADMITTING TO “ELECTION FRAUD” SHOULD BE CHARGED AND PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTEND, ASAP! 2. NEC STAFF INVOLVED IN CORRUPTING THE ELECTION PROCESS SHOULD BE DISMISSED AND PROSECUTED SEVERELY! 3. QUESTION: DOES ADMISSION AS SUCH TRULY IMPACT THE RECENT LIB ELECTION RESULT? I FIRMLY BELIEVE NOT! PERFORMANCES OF THE RESPECTIVE PARTIES IN THE OCT. 10TH ELECTION, AND IN THE PAST ELECTIONS, WOULD DEMONSTRATE THAT CDC AND UP WOULD, AND ARE, PROBABLY THE RIGHTFUL PARTIES THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY END UP IN THE RUN-OFF! LP’S PAST PERFORMANCES DO NOT GUARANTEE IT ANY RUN-OFF POSITION, AS IT AFFORDS CDC. AS I PREVIOUSLY STATED, ALL LIBERIANS, PARTIES, NEC, AND SUPREME COURT ANTICIPATED SOME FORM OF FRAUDULENT ACTIONS OCCURRING. HOWEVER, THE PRIMARY ISSUE HERE IS: “THE IMPACT IT HAD ON THE ELECTION ITSELF? ARE THE FRAUDULENT ACTIONS SO GRAVE AS TO WARRANT THE ENTIRE PROCESS BEING ANNULLED? I DO NOT BELIEVE THA IT IS! ALL ASPECTS OF FRAUD ATTESTED TO IN THE NEC’S CURRENT INVESTIGATION, COULD SERVE AS PREVENTATIVE MEASURE FOR THE “RUN-OFF”. FURTHERMORE, THOSE ADMITTING TO SUCH FRAUDULENT ACTS DURING THE PAST ELECTION, SHOULD BE SEVERELY PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED AS DETERRENTS, EXAMPLES, AND SETTING THE STANDARD FOR THE NEXT ELECTIONS; OF WHAT WILL OCCUR TO THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO, DEFRAUD, OR ILLEGALLY TAMPER WITH LIB’S ELECTION PROCESS.

  4. I don’t know if Liberian laws allow those who are not on the voter registration list to vote. In other countries, including the United States, voters are not turned away simply because their names are not on the list. They are allowed to vote “Provisionally”. The “Provisional” ballot in the state in which I live is kept in a separate envelope and taken to headquarters where the identity of the voter is checked against the main voter registration list. It then becomes the work or task of the electoral body to qualify or disqualify that vote. In some American states, the electoral commission has 21 days to validate that result, which is typically not included in the preliminary results announced. So electoral officials are not wrong to allow everyone who claims to be a genuine registered voter to vote, as long as there was already a system set in place to keep “provisional ballots” separate from those on the list at each voting site. If there was a system already set in place for provisional ballots, then the election officials did nothing wrong to allow someone who is claiming today to be an unregistered voter to vote. But if allowing anyone who was not on the precinct list to vote was illegal, then a crime has been committed and the authorities must give an account for their action. The voter could also be prosecuted for fraud. Can someone educate me on the what was allowed under Liberian voting laws during the Liberian election? Is the law written and available online? Thank you.

  5. am philip n weah jr cordinator for the ruuling uniity party in grand county district # 1 all paye said is turth this acually three polling places in trehn 1 wetenken public school cent code 18005 wilsonville fortakop nafia and i as a coodinator immedaitely reported this to t hhe election margistrate mr wesseh who were assigned and give us the order to vote

  6. A very good number of the Liberian people went to the polls to vote freely and fairly on October 10. As we are finding out, a certain number of unpatriotic Liberians went out to vote fraudulently. One by one, the fraudsters are coming out to let the world know how they fraudulently played their part on October 10. I that it is fair to say that the incompetence of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s presidency has caused the mess that we find ourselves in today.

    I continue to ask……where do we go from here?

    Allan White, the war crimes prosecutor has thrown a bomshell in Liberia. White states that Johnson-Sirleaf is not in the dark as it relates to some of the mess that we find ourselves in today. A particular reference is made by White that pits CDC’s Weah to Robert Sirleaf.
    The Deal…..
    If Weah had won the presidency, Weah’s senatorial vacated seat would go to Robert Sirleaf. The fire storm from the explosion of White’s bombshell was extinguished by Lenn Nagbe, a minister in Sirleaf’s government.

    It is fact of life that more bombshells will explode.

  7. No one needs a rocket scientist to prove that the October 10 presidential election was free of fraud as the results practically reflected opinion polls before the election. So sad that shameless politicians, most of whom are very corrupt, are taking advantage of the peaceful people of Liberia in the name of rule of law. Mr. Paye claimed to have voted illegally but crying for rule of law. So disappointed in so called politicians!

  8. OPTIONAL: UP steps aside and let LP and CDC have run-off. Alternative: Re-run entire Presidential election. The Liberian accruals will pay for all the new ballots. enough time. You better decide something now while the silent majority got the country instruments on your asses and the Liberian supreme Jurisprudence awaits its constitutional deadline given NEC to interpret the nation’s laws to the Liberian people. Tell the Liberian people. Do not reply this box.
    Gone to 57% to fix banana bread.

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