-Permanent Margibi District one Citizen Describes Recent Voters Trucking
Since the National Elections Commission announced the process of voters Roll Update in Liberia, news about voter trucking broke from different quarters of Liberia. A permanent resident of Margibi County describes such actions as ‘unpatriotic and undemocratic.’
Recently, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and other counties were in the news for trucking voters.
Their actions led to intimidation and brutalization of journalists and ordinary citizens.
The allegation of trucking of voters has not gone unnoticed as prominent citizens have condemned said action.
One of those who spoke against voters trucking is George Paye, a permanent resident of Margibi County District one.
In an interview recently, Mr. Paye said Liberians have to be vigilant as they go for the December 8, 2020 Senatorial election before the wrong persons are imposed on them by those who have allowed themselves to be trucked by politicians in the various counties.
“Voter trucking will cause people to abandon their community, their districts and their counties and this is not good for our democracy,” Mr. Paye added.
He said the December 8, 2020 election is a lemon test to the 2023 general and presidential election; adding that those who want to represent the people in the various counties need to do it with truthfulness and not using fraudulent means.
“We are just educating our people about would be politicians who want to steal their votes, to damage their future, the futures of their children; that is the message we preached. We are acquainting ourselves with the people of district one,” George added.
According to him, since he started informing people of district one in Margibi County about voters trucking and the danger associated with it, the message has been resonating with the people.
George who is a businessperson in Margibi County district one said it is incumbent upon him and others to ensure that citizens be informed about their dos and don’ts as it relates to electioneering processes on grounds that they have businesses and investments in the area and as such; the area needs to be developed when the right people are elected to represent them.
George who was seen dancing with residents of the Banana Bush community recently indicated that he was happy because of the warm welcome he received from residents of the community who organized block tournament in his honor.
He is carrying on what he called consultative meetings with the people of district one in Margibi County and extending hands to people of the communities in the County.
Victor Paygar, the Co-chairperson of the Banana Bush community who organized the games in honor of businessman Paye said “this is to welcome George as a friend to this community.”
He indicated that they as a community are open up to friendship and seeing that George Paye extended to them a friendship, they organized the game as a welcome to their friendship.
“We have opened up our arms and what we are doing here is an acquaintance tournament which will help us to know him and he too get to know us,” he said.