Voters Brave Downpour to Exercise Franchise

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Voters queued in the rain at the Tokay Hill School Campus, Nimba County

Voters in Ganta, Nimba County, and its surrounding cities and villages were soaked by rain during the afternoon hours on Election Day (yesterday) leaving them with no option but to patiently remain in the queue to cast their votes.

The heavy downpour began at 2:45 p.m. at the time many voters who had stood in the sun for hours were becoming exhausted and complaining about the slow pace at which poll workers were doing their work.

The electorate did not state the names of the candidates of interest to them for who they decided to challenge the rain; however, those at the Tokay Hill center said regardless of the inconvenience associated with the day of voting, they were to cast their votes for their candidates of choice regardless of the natural circumstances.

Voters at other centers in Ganta, especially in school buildings, rushed under the corridors of buildings to avoid getting wet.

There were overwhelming turnouts at centers in Saclepea and surrounding towns within Electoral Districts 7 and 8. At polling centers in Gbehyi Tengbein and Duayee, voters gathered as early as 6:00 a.m., while in Meinpa, Karnwee, Gbaiblin, Flumpa and Gbarn centers were jammed packed by voters braving the hot sun.

Most of those who said they did not have transport fare to get to their assigned voting centers were seen walking kilometers to get to them.

At most of the centers in the other areas, along with Ganta City, not many of the twenty political parties contesting were represented by their representatives.

So far parties whose representatives were seen at the centers included Unity Party (UP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), Liberty Party (LP), Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).

Party representatives spoken to at the YMCA School campus in Ganta said the election was executed without any problems.

The overwhelming turnout in Nimba is predicated upon factors voters said were of interest to them.

Besides being their constitutional right, scores of voters in Tengbein and Saclepea said they were voting to support their representative candidates in the legislative race.

They also said having heard the presidential candidates and at least known a little about them, they were turning out to support the candidate they trusted most to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Popular names in the Saclepea District belt in many towns were Joseph Boakai of UP, Prince Johnson of MDR, Alexander Cummings of ANC, and Charles Brumskine of LP, with George Weah of CDC mentioned in rare cases.

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  1. I commend the people of Liberia for exercising their fundamental right in voting peacefully. While there might have been some isolated problems caused mainly by election officials, Liberians proved once again that Africans indeed can exercise their franchises without violence. Thank you Liberians for making Liberia and Africa proud.

    J. Flomo Matthew
    Cleveland, Ohio USA

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