For trucking voters, Liberia Electoral Commission Gets Tough, Threatens Politicians With Six Months Imprisonment

By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas

NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah
NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah

With just months left to the conduct of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia, the country National Elections Commission has started putting in place measures to help address some electoral malpractices normally associated with such process.

During past elections, there were many electoral malpractices with the trucking or migration of potential voters from one point to another reportedly topping the list of election fraud.

As a result of this the National Elections Commission has signaled a strong warning to politicians against the trucking of voters from one district or county to another.

According to the NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, any of politician caught violating this restriction will the ban placed on trucking of voters during the voter registration and election processes risk a penalty of six months imprisonment.

Speaking when he appeared before the Plenary of the House of Representatives, the Election Commission Chairman said the penalty is in line with Section 10.1 of the New Amended Elections Law of 2014.

Cllr. Korkoyah said though voters can decide to exercise their franchise to vote in particular areas of their choice,, if they have interest or owned properties in those areas.

But Cllr. Korkoyah was quick to point out that the New Elections Law of Liberia strictly prohibits the unduly influence of people by means of trucking or any other way during the voter registration and elections in October of this year.

He noted that the essence of trucking and provision of transportation to people by those aspiring for ascend to state power are normally sued when people feel that they cannot win elections in a particular district or county based on

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.