Voter Irregularities, Ebola Suspect in Jacob Town

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The Calvary Temple polling center in District #2, Jacob Town, Paynesville, has so far had an eventful day of two incidents where persons were barred from voting, due to irregularities with their voter registration cards, according to polling officers. 

The first individual, a woman, went earlier this morning to vote and was stopped because, although the name and voter registration number on the card she presented matched the information the polling officer had on record, the photo on the voter’s card was not the same.  Therefore, she was turned away. 

The second instance involved a man who, having presented his card, was also turned away because polling officers said his name and voter registration number had already been marked in the voter roster.  Interestingly, the man’s voter registration card was not perforated, as is required of polling staff before a voter is given the ballot to cast their vote.  His hands also did not show indelible ink, which should prove that he voted.  The voter in question, Nyumah Salamie (voter registration #220900312), has since been demanding that he be allowed to vote, insisting that the fault with his voter card is the responsibility of the National Elections Commission, not his. 

Meanwhile, just outside the Calvary Temple polling center, a man was held by personnel from the Liberia National Red Cross because he showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer.  

It is not clear whether he was on his way to cast his vote, but the unnamed man, believed to be in his late forties, appeared to be very weak, had a high temperature and his eyes were red.  There was no account of him vomiting or having displayed other signs, but what Red Cross personnel observed about him gave them sufficient basis to place him under observation at the Red Cross depot located just near the polling center.  He was later taken away by Red Cross personnel to an undisclosed location.  

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