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EcoBank In Over US$1M Trouble

By: Yassah J. Wright

The Civil Law Courthas issued a writ of execution on the Management of Eco Bank for an action of damage of wrong by a complainant.

The writ of execution in the possession of this paper quotes Judge Boima Kontoe as saying on Thursday, October 19, 2017, “You are hereby commanded to seize and expose for sale the lands, goods and chattels of the Appellant/Defendants herein named of the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia and if the sum realized therefrom be not sufficient, then their real property, until you shall  have raised the sum of One Million, Eighty Thousand , and twenty United states dollars (US$1,080,020.00)and Twenty Thousand, five hundred Liberian dollars. (LD$20,500.00).”

The Writ of Execution further stated that, “In addition thereto seizure and sale; and if you cannot find said lands, goods and chattel of said defendants, you are hereby commanded to arrest the living body (ies) and bring them before any judge of competent jurisdiction to be dealt with according to law; unless they will pay the said sum(s) of money (ies) or show property to you to seize and sell for same.”

It can be recalled that the action of damages for wrong out of which this motion to dismiss appeal grew was assigned for trial on July 14, after a motion for new trial was granted by late colleague his Honor Johannes Z. Zlahn who presided over a jury trial of the case at first.

Accordingly, on September 14, 2017 the Civil Law court rendered final judgment of liable against defendant (Eco Bank) after hearing evidence and entertaining argument to the court’s final judgment, the defendant accepted and announced an appeal to the high court which was granted.

Subsequently, the defendant filed a motion for new trial on September 18, 2017. The motion was countered by counsel for plaintiff (Austen D. Clarke) who filed a motion to dismiss the appeal on September 26, 2017.

According to the court document, Cllr. Necluar Edward appeared for Austin D. Clarke (plaintiff) while counsel for Eco Bank Cllr. Albert S. Sim appeared for respondent defendant but after five minutes of the call of the motion for the hearing, Cllr. Sims filed a letter of excuse stating that all lawyers of the Sherman and Sherman are requested to meet at the Sherman and Sherman’s law firm.

The judge finally ruled stating that, “wherefore and in view of the foregoing, the appeal announced by Respondent/Appellant on September 14, 2107 at the rendition of this court’s final judgment, out of which this motion to dismiss grows is hereby granted and defendant/appellant’s appeal announced on September 14, 2107 without filing a Bill of Exceptions up to and including today’s date is hereby dismissed And hereby so ordered”.

Man Allegedly Cuts Off Brother’s Ear

By: Yassah J. Wright

Judge Kennedy Peabody

The Monrovia City Court has detained a 26-yr old man, identified as George Diggs,for allegedly cutting off an ear of his brother, Anthony Kollie.

According to a police charge sheet in the possession of this paper, on October 9, 2017, defendant George Diggs of Montserrado County was arrested informed of his constitutional right, investigated and charged with Aggravated Assault from a complaint filed against him by the victim.

The charge sheet averred that, on October 7, 2017, he (Kollie) was on 3rdStreet in Sinkor siting at his neighbor’s house when he saw defendant Diggs coming and he (Kollie) said, “While brown boy is coming sad?”

Predicated upon that, Diggs got irritated and begin to allegedly abuse Kollie, thus resulting into a fist fight.

Kollie alleged that, while he was standing aside thinking about not fighting, defendant Diggs came from behind him and bit his ear off causing him to bleed profusely and was immediately rushed to the John F. Kennedy (JFK) for medical attention.

The police charge alleged that Defendant Diggsadmitted to the allegation. He further said that, October 7, 2017, he was given the amount of L$500 by an old man for safe keeping but later noticed the money was missing.

Diggs said thinking about how to repay the money, his brother (Kollie) saw him and allegedly provoked him to anger, thereby resulting into a fist fight between them.

UL Lecturer Lauds Students’ Donation Scene of the donation

A lecturer at the University of Liberia has said Liberia cannot be developed in absentia to student self-help initiatives.

Mr. Albert Lloyd, a Mass Communication Lecturer at UL, said students giving back to their respective communities and institutions what they have learned is cardinal to the transformation of Liberia.

Lloyd made the remarks Thursday on the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia, when three students of the Communication Department donated assorted items to the department.The students, all of whom are practicing journalists, include Martin Blayon, Irene Deline Horton of Radio Maria and Cyrus Harmon of FARBRIC Radio.

The donation is the first from the students to the Mass Communication Department in recent years.

Receiving the gesture, Lloyd called on other students of the University to emulate the example of the three Communication students.

Lloyd said the department was grateful for the donation, noting that it comes at the time when the department was in need of the items.

“Thanks to you guys so much, these are things we have been talking about development in your own community,” Lloyd added.

According to him, they are all looking for ways to improve this department and students’ gesture will go a long way .

Making remarks, the Head of the Group,Student Martin Blayon, called on the students to work together to make the Communication Department vibrant.

“If we want to move our country forward, we all need to work together collectively,” said Student Blayon,  quoting from Abraham Lincoln that “It is not what our Country can do for us but what we can do for our Country”. He said this should be applied at the Mass Communication Department.

Blayon stressed that over the years the Communication Department has impacted students and it was now time for students to give back.

For her part, Radio Maria’s Irene Deline Horton urged students to be wise as the department moves towards elections.

She pointed out that, for too long, the department has suffered from inexperienced leaders and as such it was time for the students to look forward for experienced people.

Also making remarks, FARBRIC Radio Cyrus Harmon stressed the need for students to change the paradigm of advocacy on campus by giving back rather than only demanding authorities to give to students.

We want to be students of help to our community and institution, Harmon added.

Members of the Mass Communication Student Association (MACOMSA)at the University of Liberia are expected to go to the polls to elect new leaders this semester.Martin Blayon, Irene Deline Horton and Nemenlah Cyrus Harmon have all expressed interest in the process as President, Vice President and Secretary General respectively.

The three students have come together under one umbrella for the transformation of the department.

The group of three has said this is the first of series of donations to be made to the department.

Observers believe that electing such people to spearhead the MACOMSA the Mass Communication Student Association could be a big boost for the MACOMSA representation at all levels including national.

 

 

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Pres. Sirleaf Decries Electoral Violence

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has decried electoral violence as counter-productive to the peace a stability of the nation.

According to an Executive mansion release issued Thursday, October 19, 2017, the government’s attention was been drawn to displays on social media of extremely inimical posts to the survival of Liberia’s peace and democracy.

The Liberian leader condemned in the strongest possible term the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invective, hate speeches and outright vulgarities, which seek to denigrate adversaries with whom others supposedly might hold disagreement.

President Sirleaf said: “In light of the progress we have collectively made, I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”

The release noted: “Resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, but only serves to taint our national and international image and  expressed government’s indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people.”

She said as Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate our love for country by and through our actions.

“Our greatest task must focus on how we consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years, by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of our country,” she challenged all her compatriots.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has prayed God’s continued blessing upon our nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repackaging: Campaign ‘Explosives’

 

By: Lewis K. Glay 0886469835/lglay.inprofile@gmail.com

 “We expect re-enforced campaign strategies from both parties to convince Liberians to vote either way.  Bad politics will be played as we saw during the first round of the electoral process.  However, all that matters is a peaceful runoff, void of cheating and outside influence. Let Liberians decide who they want.”

The last battle over the Liberian presidency is expected to be decisively fought in two weeks, when the National Elections Commission (NEC) announces final results of the first round of the 2017 presidential and representative elections held in the country on 10 October.

By then, the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) will be the only political parties remaining in the race to campaign for a runoff.

Liberians who have voting right, evident by their 2017 voter registration cards, will be looked up to in deciding whether a CDC-led government is the best to lead Liberia for the next six years, or the ruling Unity Party deserves the gavel to enter a third term and steer the state of affairs under the second in command of the expiring 12 years of civil administration.

Senator George Weah, a football icon who has been defeated twice by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (outgoing), appears comfortable with his lead over Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first round of election thereby prompting staunch supporters of Weah to say majority of the Liberian people want a change of national leadership after Madam Sirleaf.

Nevertheless, VP Boakai is being seen as the best alternative for Liberia’s progress following the exit of President Sirleaf, and that Liberians should believe in his ability to deny Senator Weah taking over the mantle of power after Liberia’s third post-war presidential election.

Supporters of Boakai are of a strong conviction that someone experienced needs to be elected and with such advocacy, they think only the Vice President has the qualification to lead the country for now. But a contrary view comes from those supporting Senator Weah, who argue that VP Boakai is no longer energetic  to be given such power, and that after all,  it is unrealistic to give one party in a pluralistic democracy, a third term when a new  breed of leaders  for change is available.

As observed in 2005 and 2011, it is likely the campaign messages from both parties for the runoff will  appeal to the electorate to put the country above personal interest, but at the same time, the race will produce a battle ground for  a debate Liberians were made to listen to during past elections about ‘inexperienced  and experienced’ candidates.

On account of ‘inexperienced’ candidates, young Liberians who want generational change in national leadership are often targeted to be unprepared to be allowed to lead the country, a perception the youthful population cannot accept.

The opposite is the account of ‘experienced’ candidates; these are long-serving Liberian public servants who brag on their wealth of experience in the public and private sectors to be well suited for the national task.

As it stands, negotiations for political accommodations are said to be taking place  behind closed doors for losers of the presidential seat to either support CDC or UP in the runoff.

“We expect re-enforced campaign strategies from both parties to convince Liberians to vote either way.  Bad politics will be played as we saw during the first round of the electoral process.  However, all that matters is a peaceful runoff, void of cheating and outside influence. Let Liberians decide who they want,” one analyst indicated.

On the overall, a smooth transition in Liberia remains the hope every citizen  has in  sustaining democracy in the country, no matter who wins the presidency.

Weah, Boakai, McGill, Paye,  Sherman, Tarpeh, Koijee, Kpadeh

PUL Troubled Over Attack in Journalist’s Home

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has called on authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to expeditiously investigate an arson attack on the home of Journalist Smith Toby last Wednesday.

Toby’s home was attacked early Wednesday by unknown men on the highway leading to the Roberts International Airport.

In a press release issued Wednesday, the Union noted that Toby is a political broadcast journalist who runs a fairly balanced prime time talk radio show and as well manages Okay FM. His radio station received commendations from section of the public for providing live coverage of campaign rallies for all front runners in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

“Smith Toby is one of the best known journalists and personalities on radio, striving to tell the full Liberian Story,” said PUL President Charles B. Coffey, Jr. “The investigation into the arson attack on the home of Toby must be exhaustive, credible, and the outcome released in a timely manner”.

Mr. Coffey described the attack as act of terrorism and urged the police to bring perpetrators of the crime to justice.

Wednesday’s arson attack on Toby’s home is the most evil of assaults recorded against journalists since political activities heated up in the country. “Also, Journalist James M. Karimu of Prime FM was brutally beaten by men believed to be supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change weeks ago,” the release indicated.

The Liberia National Police says it has dispatched a team of forensic examiners to the scene of the arson early Wednesday. Criminal investigation, the police said, is in advance stage on the attack.

Meanwhile, the PUL said it is rallying lovers of liberty to stand up against the attack, describing it as an attempt to cow the media in Liberia into self- censorship.

 

No Demonstrations Without Permit -Police Warns

The Liberia National Police (LNP) has warned against demonstrations without permit.

The New Liberia National Police Act of 2015 states that, “Prior to the holding of any special event in the form  of Demonstration, March or similar event in the public place, the organizers must notify the County Attorney in the County where the event is to take place. Where the event is to take place in Montserrado County, the Minister of Justice must be notified of said special event not less than Seven (7) days before the date of that special event.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, the LNP referred would-be demonstrators to the following provisions stipulated in the Act: S. 22.86 Maintenance of Public Order of the Liberia National Police Act.

  1. 22.86 (a) “Any person who desires to hold any special event in the form of demonstration, march or any form of protest or similar event in any public place shall notify the County Attorney in the County where the event is to take place of his or her intention not less than seven days before the date of the special event.”
  2. 22.86 (b) “Where the special event is to be held in Montserrado County, the notification shall be sent to the Minister and consultations require by this section shall be with the Inspector General of Police.”
  3. 22.86 (d) “Where the County Attorney, in consultation with the head of Police in the County, has reasonable grounds to believe that the special event, if held may lead to violence or endanger defense, public order, public safety, public health or the running of essential services or violate the rights and freedom of another person(s), he or she shall report the matter to the Minister and request the organizers to cancel or postpone the special event to any other date or to relocate the special event.

The LNP warning comes amid plans by opposition Liberty Party’s youth league to protest results of the October 10 polls on allegation of irregularities.

It was reported that, on Tuesday, Representative Byron Browne of the Liberty Party led a protest at a National Elections Commission (NEC) local office on Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Rep. Browne was heard on local media that the protest was in line with the Liberian Constitution and so there was no need to seek permission.

Police boss Gregory Coleman

 

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LCS, Partner Conduct Free Breast Cancer Screening

By Mafanta Kromah

The Liberia Cancer Society (LCS), in partnership with the SDA Cooper Hospital, is conducting a free breast cancer screening program focused on free breast exam and consultation to women and men between age 15 to 19.

Addressing a press conference Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the African Methodist Episcopal University Administrative Building in Monrovia, LCS Executive Director, Madam (Dr.) Dawn Cooper Barnes, noted that the first screening day will be conducted on Sunday October 22, 2017 at the SDA Cooper Hospital on 12th Street Sinkor.

Madam Barnes noted that the LCS in partnership with the Ministry of Health is committed to improving cancer treatment and saving lives, noting that the screening program for breast cancer is one of its types of community program to help make awareness on the issue of cancer to Liberian society.

She said upon the screening on Sunday, the team will move from community to community to offer the same service to as many people as it can reach.

Dr. Barnes also said they are in need of volunteers who can help reach the program in various communities, adding, “We need doctors who can help with the screening and training as well as others who can set up educate those coming for screening.”

She asserted that, “we hope that by training healthcare workers, they can start breast cancer screening program in their own communities.

She called on people who would like to be volunteers to visit the SDA Cooper Hospital or call cell number 0777551547.

At the same time, Dr. Gillian Seton, the general surgeon at the SDA Cooper Hospital, said that the screening program has three goals: raising awareness on breast cancer and counseling regarding any breast problems that will be found, teach women to get a yearly breast exam and to train more healthcare professionals to screen for breast cancer.

“Training will be provided at each screening day for licensed midwives, nurses and nurse aids and even physicians that want to gain more skills on cancer,” said Dr. Seton.

She continued: “We also hope to aid in identifying other breast problems such as infections and non-cancer knots in the breast, then providing counseling and advice on how to get the problem treated.”

Dr. Seton spoke of importance of women to do yearly examination, noting that there are small knots that can be found in the breast by the healthcare workers before the individuals themselves can feel the knot in their body.

She maintained that cancer is a very solemn and bad disease but can be treated based on the early diagnoses and treatment, adding that breast cancer starts when cells grow out of control and form a knot.

Dr. Seton explained that the symptoms of breast cancer include hard knot anywhere in the breast, swelling, thickening or dimpling skin, nipple drainage and retraction. She said at time there can be infection about cancer that makes it important for medical attention to be sought anytime one notices these signs.

She asserted that men can also be affected with breast cancer even though they have a very small amount of the tissue in the chests, maintaining that some can be inherited from family.

 

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SWAT Debunks Negative Reports On ‘Bella Luna’ Rice

A major Liberian rice importer, Supply West Africa Traders (SWAT) has termed as “slanted news,” report insinuating that a consignment of Bella Luna Indian Parboiled Long Grain Rice contaminated with harmful substance is headed to West Africa from an unknown destination.

The Chief Executive Officer of SWAT, George N. Nehme, has told journalists in Monrovia that information regarding the cereal grain is false, misleading and lacks any iota of true, indicating, “this is something that constantly comes from our detractors who have attempted to undermined gains we have made in this country.”

Chief Executive Officer Nehme used the opportunity to commend and gratify the Government and people of Liberia for a smooth and peaceful atmosphere afforded the company’s management since it resumed operation in Liberia.

From  customers’ point of view,   the cereal grain (Bella Luna Indian  Parboiled Rice Long Grain 5% Broken) is one of the most widely consumed staple foods and is perceived as a top premium brand from a trusted rice dealer with several years of delivering dependable and consistent quality.

Sources in the business community have also acknowledged that the company has the capacity to supply rice on the Liberian market throughout the year with the quantity and quality of the product fit for the market and is always available and channeled through its many distributors and retailers throughout the country.

A top source at the  Ministry of Commerce told the In Profile Daily Wednesday, October 18, 20 17, that  the Bella Luna Brand has been tested both locally and internationally and is guaranteed to satisfy consumers’ needs, noting, “they mostly prefer the cereal grain.”

Meanwhile, according to Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Liberia, Rice, at 248 average grams daily per capital, is the only important source of cereal carbohydrates in the Liberian diet.

It is noted that imported rice is the lion’s share of rice availability in Liberia, having gone up 75% since 2011, now comprising almost 70% of rice consumption.

The rice importing industry is consolidated as four importers control around 95% of all rice imports in the country.

 

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Why Did The NEC Print 40% More Ballot Papers? (A Second Round Print)

 Although the elections is past and the nation awaits a grueling second round, I will be remiss if I did not ask this question, why did NEC print 3,053,435 when there are 2,183,194 registered voters? In a contentious second round, political operatives for the two sides need to use this as a must read if they did not read it before the elections.

Globally, there has never been a case where 100% of those who registered voted. Recent statistics provided by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) showed an average voter turnout of about 70%. Below are some statistics on voter turnout for 2016:

  1. USA – 57%
  2. Austria – 73%
  3. Benin – 66.13%
  4. Bulgaria – 56.28%
  5. Cape Verde – 35.48%
  6. CAR – 59%
  7. Chad – 65.95%
  8. Dominican Republic – 70%
  9. Guinea – 92%
  10. Ghana – 62%, and the list goes on.

Even our 2 recent elections showed the following:

  • Voter turnout 2005: 61%
  • Voter turnout 2011: 71.6%.

If we use these two election voter turnout data as a baseline, we can see that there is no reason to print contingency ballots of 40%. There is nowhere contingency can ever be in that range. Contingency are normally within 7-15% range, if necessary. No contingency is necessary in this case because the data speak for itself.

Worst-case scenario, if you print the total ballot of 2,183,194 (100% voter registration), the highest you will get, based on global turnout data, will be 92% (Eq. Guinea, Luxembourg, Australia, etc.). This still leaves you will 8% contingency for damaged ballot.

Is there something up your sleeves, Mr. Chairman? I am worried now because, the number of ballot papers printed, coupled with 2 missing voter centers on your published list for Margibi District #1 (Wouda and Newtown Stations) are evidential reason to be worried.

Political parties need to do few things here:

  • Ensure that NEC publishes the entire voter rolls and that only those registered at those centers be required to vote.
  • Validate all the polling stations in the country with the actuals in the field.

The NEC, through its Executive Director,  Lamin Leigh, in justifying the printing of 40% more ballot, provided the following justification:

  1. The ballot papers arrived in package of 500;hence, every polling station will receive 550 ballot papers.
  2. 3% of the total will be used as contingency. Please see calculation below as provided by the Executive Director:

550 (ballot papers ) X 5,390 (polling stations) = 2,964,500

2,964 X 3% (contingency) = 88,935

Total = 2,964,500 + 88,935 = 3,053,435

 

Here is a problem with their justification of each polling station receiving 550 ballots. Take the case of District #1 in Montserrado County with sample Precincts below.

 

No. Precincts Total Registration
30002 Goba Town Public School 733
30003 Sackie Town Public School 658
30028 Caresburg High School 1104
30029 Caresburg Adm. Building 999
30072 Crozierville Town Hall 1123
30101 Euphemial Barclay School 1305
30102 Morris Farm School 1596
30103 Blopa Public School 568
30104 Fendell Public School 553

 

Take the case of Goba Town Public School (30002) with two polling stations with 365 and 366 registrants per station. Each of these stations will receive 550 ballots papers, which means that Polling Station 1 will receive extra 185 ballots, while Polling Station 2 will receive extra 184 ballot papers, that 1/3 extra of the total ballot papers they are entitled to receive.  Let us take Fendell Public School with 553 registered voters. There are two polling stations with 276 and 277 registrants respectively. Each of these polling stations will receive 550 ballot papers based on the Chair and Lamin Leigh justification.  That has almost doubled the number of ballot papers they are entitled.

 

Twenty classic cases of providing more ballot papers than necessary and actually beat Mr. Leigh argument are as follow:

 

District #2Bomi County

3037 Kowadee Palava Hut 95

 

District #1 Grand Bassa County

9117 Kutuahn School Building 101
9118 Kpawetro Town Palava Hut 82

 

District # 3 Grand Bassa County

09033 Glaygbo Bannie Palava Hut 88

 

District #3 Grand Cape Mount County

12058 Weima Town Hall 86

 

District #2 Grand Gedeh County

15012 Nyongbah Public School 127
15023 Beh Town Elem School 61
15031 Peah Elem. School 127

 

District #3 Maryland County

27040 Jargeloken Town Hall 55
27041 Soloken Town Hall 47
27063 Seator Town Hall 74

 

District #1 Montserrado

30432 C.H. Henry Public Sch. 197
30434 Hart Town Hall 154

 

District #9 Nimba County

33174 Troyah Public School 88

 

District #1 Gbarpolu County

45073 Monbili Private School 179

 

District #2 Gbarpolu County

45074 Vassala Palava Hut 43

 

District # 3 Gbarpolu County

45026 Galahun Town Hall 58

 

District # 3 Sinoe County

39044 Quoih – Duo Palava Hut 30

 

District # 2 River Gee County

42056 Gbaquiah Elem. School 92
45014 Amtel Camp Palava Hut 160

 

These20 examples above demonstrate that the formula of 550 ballots per polling station is highly suspect. For Vassala Palava Hut for example, they will be receiving 550 ballot papers even though only 43 persons registered at this station. Same with Galahun town Hall. Even Quoih-Duo Palava Hut is received the same 550 ballots even though only 30 persons registered at that polling station. Henceforth, the NEC needs to give us the actual reason for overproduction and the 40% more ballot papers because the reason they provided does not hold water in his simplest form.

A sample of 569 Precincts (not polling stations) in 8 counties below showed a total of 158 polling stations (below) with less than 300 registered voters. That is 28% of the total polling stations in these counties. These polling stations will be receiving either double, triple or quadruple of the ballots. This is because NEC is giving 550 ballot papers to each polling stations even if you have 43, 44, 58, 31 or 12 registered voters as provided in the table below.

No. Precinct # Reg. Voters
GBARPOLU COUNTY
45074 Vassala Palava Hut 43
45027 Bombohun Town Hall 44
45026 Galahun Town Hall 58
45004 Beathou Town Hall 124
45063 Karmoh Town Palava Hut 129
45005 Domanmana Town Hall 154
45014 Amtel Camp Palava Hut 160
45016 Gbarkorma School 172
45028 Kelleh Town Hall 175
45073 Monbili Private School 179
45003 Beaden Town Hall 191
45048 Tawalata Town Hall 207
45029 Kpawolozu School 223
45066 Gainkpi Town Hut 226
45050 Manorwella Public School 227
45062 Lowoma Palava Hut 229
45075 Vanla Elementary School 236
45021 Gelekpasu School 239
45051 Tiggelee Town Hall 257
45064 Sarkpadeh Town Hall 258
45067 Tangata Palava Hut 258
45006 Marma Town Hall 267
45001 Ballah Town Public School 282
45025 Gungbe-ta School 295
GRAND KRU COUNTY
18025 Sobobo Public School 108
18053 Jarkakpoh Public School 132
18029 Boluwin Tonw Hall 160
18034 Niplaihkpo Public School 211
18020 Wedabo Beach School 212
18050 Beloken Town Hall 262
18039 Denteken Town Hall 276
18024 Warkpo Public School 283
18011 Neroh Public School 286
18041 Daykpoh Town Hall 286
18049 Money Camp 288
RIVERCESS COUNTY
36003 Gblor Church 134
36051 Dehgar School 148
36015 Dangrongbor Church 206
36043 Gbortoe Palavat Hut 214
36007 Suakon Dehbor Palava Hut 227
36052 Gorzohn Public School 227
36053 Toe’s Public School 289
SINOE COUNTY
39044 Quoih- Duo Palava Hut 31
39073 Commissioner’s House 86
39072 Kpeanbee Public School 135
39077 Gbliyee Public School 141
39070 Twah Community School 155
39067 Dordroken Public School 169
39004 Judu Town Public School 192
39045 Jalay Town Palava Hut 192
39026 Gboyee Town Palava Hut 207
39076 Komanah Public School 211
39081 Bleweeya Public School 218
39002 Kunwiah Palava Hut 219
39018 Boe Smaljilla Public School 219
39014 Joplokpo Palava Hut 226
39008 chebioh Palava Hut 231
39048 Sargbah Town Public School 244
39003 Kallor Town Palava Hut 246
39010 Pelloken Palava Hut 247
39075 Jokoken Elementary School 248
39007 Ceeter Palava Hut 253
39033 Menwah Palava Hut 254
39078 New VRC House 259
39079 Chewlue Public School 274
39058 Tournata Palava Hut 284
39080 William Dagbe Mem. School 287
39057 Wessay Town Palava Hut 290
MARYLAND COUNTY
27011 Nemeken Town Hall 12
27041 Soloken Town Hall 47
27040 Jargeloken Town Hall 55
27046 Chiliken Elem. School 63
27063 Seator Town Hall 74
27007 Gbaewen Elem. School 128
27064 Sawtorken Town Hall 147
27061 Paugbaken Elem. School 149
27060 Sampson Goe Elem. School 154
27048 Gbiabosuken Town Hall 155
27031 Libsuco Comm. School 160
27015 Golobo Elem. School 161
27008 Gbeken Town Hall 168
27059 Martuken Town Hall 175
27029 Mission Town Hall 184
27051 Gorturken Town Hall 185
27066 Gwissiken Town Hall 200
27018 Little Wlebo Elem. School 208
27017 Kablaken Town Hall 214
27016 Spring Hill Yealu Elem. Sch. 230
27035 Worteken Town Hall 237
27019 Middle Town Hall 245
27081 New Half Graway Elem. Sch. 248
27021 Pedebo Elem School 278
27054 Dwejah Town Hall 282
27069 Henogbe Elem. School 293
27042 Boys Dormitory 294
27014 Div. 5 Camp 5 Palava Hut 296
RIVER GEE COUNTY
24026 Torroeken Town Hall 62
42056 Gbaquiah Elem. School 92
42054 Betiken Public School 110
42051 Sallah Town Hall 128
42014 Yobloken Town Hall 145
42041 Kiabo Town Hall 179
42035 Seagboken Town Hall 184
42020 Juwelbo Public School 262
42038 Gedeken Town Hall 266
42027 Paaken Public School 267
42009 Taryaken Town Hall 268
42006 Yargbeken Public School 295
42037 Fletiken Town Hall 296
GRAND GEDEH COUNTY
15023 Beh Town Elem. School 61
15066 Sentrudu Elem. School 121
15065 Dehyealah Palava Hut 127
15012 Nyongbah Public School 128
15031 Peah Elem. School 128
15068 Jaibo Town Elementary School 130
15070 Dweh Elementary School 131
15069 John David Elem. School 133
15043 Togbayee Elem. School 138
15003 Buway Palava Hut 139
15014 Flah Palava Hut 165
15027 Jozon Elem. School 202
15046 Garley Town Pub School 211
15039 Tarloken High School 233
15053 Wulu Elem. School 237
15077 Zilaken Elem. School 245
15044 Tojallah Elem. School 247
15029 Gardueh Town Public School 252
15067 Blown Town Elementary School 264
15047 Gwein Town Public School 265
15073 Solo Elem. School 268
15006 Bodee Public School 270
15011 Dayblay Elem. School 289
15072 Gbayea Town Elem. School 291
15022 Glaplay Town Public School 294
BOMI COUNTY
3039 Gbakendu Palava Hut 93
3037 Kowadee Palava Hut 95
3082 Galakpah Palava Hut 141
3021 Jeon School 152
3001 Baima Palava Hut 160
3082 Kamara Town Public School 180
3036 Geveh Fahnsee Palava Hut 218
3049 Zamian Town Palava Hut 220
3032 Managbokai Palava Hut 226
3079 Beagonah Town Public School 257
3081 Gbonkor Village Palava Hut 265
3053 Gogngweh Palava Hut 271
3077 Nyoundee Town Hall 279
3066 Zuwah Town Palava Hut 295
3050 Zohnbaimon Palava Hut 296

The NEC, as custodian of the ballot papers are either too lazy or busy to take a day or two (in the presence of Observers and other International Participants) open these packets of 500 and give to the polling stations what they actually deserved (along with about 10% contingency ballots). For example, the polling station with only 12 registered voters (Nemeken Town Hall), are receiving 550 ballot papers instead of say 20 ballot papers simply because NEC does not want to open any packet of ballots.We are calling on NEC to do right thing to bring integrity to the process.

 

 

Although the elections is past and the nation awaits a grueling second round, I will be remiss if I did not ask this question, why did NEC print 3,053,435 when there are 2,183,194 registered voters? In a contentious second round, political operatives for the two sides need to use this as a must read if they did not read it before the elections.

Globally, there has never been a case where 100% of those who registered voted. Recent statistics provided by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) showed an average voter turnout of about 70%. Below are some statistics on voter turnout for 2016:

  1. USA – 57%
  2. Austria – 73%
  3. Benin – 66.13%
  4. Bulgaria – 56.28%
  5. Cape Verde – 35.48%
  6. CAR – 59%
  7. Chad – 65.95%
  8. Dominican Republic – 70%
  9. Guinea – 92%
  10. Ghana – 62%, and the list goes on.

Even our 2 recent elections showed the following:

  • Voter turnout 2005: 61%
  • Voter turnout 2011: 71.6%.

If we use these two election voter turnout data as a baseline, we can see that there is no reason to print contingency ballots of 40%. There is nowhere contingency can ever be in that range. Contingency are normally within 7-15% range, if necessary. No contingency is necessary in this case because the data speak for itself.

Worst-case scenario, if you print the total ballot of 2,183,194 (100% voter registration), the highest you will get, based on global turnout data, will be 92% (Eq. Guinea, Luxembourg, Australia, etc.). This still leaves you will 8% contingency for damaged ballot.

Is there something up your sleeves, Mr. Chairman? I am worried now because, the number of ballot papers printed, coupled with 2 missing voter centers on your published list for Margibi District #1 (Wouda and Newtown Stations) are evidential reason to be worried.

Political parties need to do few things here:

  • Ensure that NEC publishes the entire voter rolls and that only those registered at those centers be required to vote.
  • Validate all the polling stations in the country with the actuals in the field.

The NEC, through its Executive Director,  Lamin Leigh, in justifying the printing of 40% more ballot, provided the following justification:

  1. The ballot papers arrived in package of 500;hence, every polling station will receive 550 ballot papers.
  2. 3% of the total will be used as contingency. Please see calculation below as provided by the Executive Director:

550 (ballot papers ) X 5,390 (polling stations) = 2,964,500

2,964 X 3% (contingency) = 88,935

Total = 2,964,500 + 88,935 = 3,053,435

 

Here is a problem with their justification of each polling station receiving 550 ballots. Take the case of District #1 in Montserrado County with sample Precincts below.

 

No. Precincts Total Registration
30002 Goba Town Public School 733
30003 Sackie Town Public School 658
30028 Caresburg High School 1104
30029 Caresburg Adm. Building 999
30072 Crozierville Town Hall 1123
30101 Euphemial Barclay School 1305
30102 Morris Farm School 1596
30103 Blopa Public School 568
30104 Fendell Public School 553

 

Take the case of Goba Town Public School (30002) with two polling stations with 365 and 366 registrants per station. Each of these stations will receive 550 ballots papers, which means that Polling Station 1 will receive extra 185 ballots, while Polling Station 2 will receive extra 184 ballot papers, that 1/3 extra of the total ballot papers they are entitled to receive.  Let us take Fendell Public School with 553 registered voters. There are two polling stations with 276 and 277 registrants respectively. Each of these polling stations will receive 550 ballot papers based on the Chair and Lamin Leigh justification.  That has almost doubled the number of ballot papers they are entitled.

 

Twenty classic cases of providing more ballot papers than necessary and actually beat Mr. Leigh argument are as follow:

 

District #2Bomi County

3037 Kowadee Palava Hut 95

 

District #1 Grand Bassa County

9117 Kutuahn School Building 101
9118 Kpawetro Town Palava Hut 82

 

District # 3 Grand Bassa County

09033 Glaygbo Bannie Palava Hut 88

 

District #3 Grand Cape Mount County

12058 Weima Town Hall 86

 

District #2 Grand Gedeh County

15012 Nyongbah Public School 127
15023 Beh Town Elem School 61
15031 Peah Elem. School 127

 

District #3 Maryland County

27040 Jargeloken Town Hall 55
27041 Soloken Town Hall 47
27063 Seator Town Hall 74

 

District #1 Montserrado

30432 C.H. Henry Public Sch. 197
30434 Hart Town Hall 154

 

District #9 Nimba County

33174 Troyah Public School 88

 

District #1 Gbarpolu County

45073 Monbili Private School 179

 

District #2 Gbarpolu County

45074 Vassala Palava Hut 43

 

District # 3 Gbarpolu County

45026 Galahun Town Hall 58

 

District # 3 Sinoe County

39044 Quoih – Duo Palava Hut 30

 

District # 2 River Gee County

42056 Gbaquiah Elem. School 92
45014 Amtel Camp Palava Hut 160

 

These20 examples above demonstrate that the formula of 550 ballots per polling station is highly suspect. For Vassala Palava Hut for example, they will be receiving 550 ballot papers even though only 43 persons registered at this station. Same with Galahun town Hall. Even Quoih-Duo Palava Hut is received the same 550 ballots even though only 30 persons registered at that polling station. Henceforth, the NEC needs to give us the actual reason for overproduction and the 40% more ballot papers because the reason they provided does not hold water in his simplest form.

A sample of 569 Precincts (not polling stations) in 8 counties below showed a total of 158 polling stations (below) with less than 300 registered voters. That is 28% of the total polling stations in these counties. These polling stations will be receiving either double, triple or quadruple of the ballots. This is because NEC is giving 550 ballot papers to each polling stations even if you have 43, 44, 58, 31 or 12 registered voters as provided in the table below.

No. Precinct # Reg. Voters
GBARPOLU COUNTY
45074 Vassala Palava Hut 43
45027 Bombohun Town Hall 44
45026 Galahun Town Hall 58
45004 Beathou Town Hall 124
45063 Karmoh Town Palava Hut 129
45005 Domanmana Town Hall 154
45014 Amtel Camp Palava Hut 160
45016 Gbarkorma School 172
45028 Kelleh Town Hall 175
45073 Monbili Private School 179
45003 Beaden Town Hall 191
45048 Tawalata Town Hall 207
45029 Kpawolozu School 223
45066 Gainkpi Town Hut 226
45050 Manorwella Public School 227
45062 Lowoma Palava Hut 229
45075 Vanla Elementary School 236
45021 Gelekpasu School 239
45051 Tiggelee Town Hall 257
45064 Sarkpadeh Town Hall 258
45067 Tangata Palava Hut 258
45006 Marma Town Hall 267
45001 Ballah Town Public School 282
45025 Gungbe-ta School 295
GRAND KRU COUNTY
18025 Sobobo Public School 108
18053 Jarkakpoh Public School 132
18029 Boluwin Tonw Hall 160
18034 Niplaihkpo Public School 211
18020 Wedabo Beach School 212
18050 Beloken Town Hall 262
18039 Denteken Town Hall 276
18024 Warkpo Public School 283
18011 Neroh Public School 286
18041 Daykpoh Town Hall 286
18049 Money Camp 288
RIVERCESS COUNTY
36003 Gblor Church 134
36051 Dehgar School 148
36015 Dangrongbor Church 206
36043 Gbortoe Palavat Hut 214
36007 Suakon Dehbor Palava Hut 227
36052 Gorzohn Public School 227
36053 Toe’s Public School 289
SINOE COUNTY
39044 Quoih- Duo Palava Hut 31
39073 Commissioner’s House 86
39072 Kpeanbee Public School 135
39077 Gbliyee Public School 141
39070 Twah Community School 155
39067 Dordroken Public School 169
39004 Judu Town Public School 192
39045 Jalay Town Palava Hut 192
39026 Gboyee Town Palava Hut 207
39076 Komanah Public School 211
39081 Bleweeya Public School 218
39002 Kunwiah Palava Hut 219
39018 Boe Smaljilla Public School 219
39014 Joplokpo Palava Hut 226
39008 chebioh Palava Hut 231
39048 Sargbah Town Public School 244
39003 Kallor Town Palava Hut 246
39010 Pelloken Palava Hut 247
39075 Jokoken Elementary School 248
39007 Ceeter Palava Hut 253
39033 Menwah Palava Hut 254
39078 New VRC House 259
39079 Chewlue Public School 274
39058 Tournata Palava Hut 284
39080 William Dagbe Mem. School 287
39057 Wessay Town Palava Hut 290
MARYLAND COUNTY
27011 Nemeken Town Hall 12
27041 Soloken Town Hall 47
27040 Jargeloken Town Hall 55
27046 Chiliken Elem. School 63
27063 Seator Town Hall 74
27007 Gbaewen Elem. School 128
27064 Sawtorken Town Hall 147
27061 Paugbaken Elem. School 149
27060 Sampson Goe Elem. School 154
27048 Gbiabosuken Town Hall 155
27031 Libsuco Comm. School 160
27015 Golobo Elem. School 161
27008 Gbeken Town Hall 168
27059 Martuken Town Hall 175
27029 Mission Town Hall 184
27051 Gorturken Town Hall 185
27066 Gwissiken Town Hall 200
27018 Little Wlebo Elem. School 208
27017 Kablaken Town Hall 214
27016 Spring Hill Yealu Elem. Sch. 230
27035 Worteken Town Hall 237
27019 Middle Town Hall 245
27081 New Half Graway Elem. Sch. 248
27021 Pedebo Elem School 278
27054 Dwejah Town Hall 282
27069 Henogbe Elem. School 293
27042 Boys Dormitory 294
27014 Div. 5 Camp 5 Palava Hut 296
RIVER GEE COUNTY
24026 Torroeken Town Hall 62
42056 Gbaquiah Elem. School 92
42054 Betiken Public School 110
42051 Sallah Town Hall 128
42014 Yobloken Town Hall 145
42041 Kiabo Town Hall 179
42035 Seagboken Town Hall 184
42020 Juwelbo Public School 262
42038 Gedeken Town Hall 266
42027 Paaken Public School 267
42009 Taryaken Town Hall 268
42006 Yargbeken Public School 295
42037 Fletiken Town Hall 296
GRAND GEDEH COUNTY
15023 Beh Town Elem. School 61
15066 Sentrudu Elem. School 121
15065 Dehyealah Palava Hut 127
15012 Nyongbah Public School 128
15031 Peah Elem. School 128
15068 Jaibo Town Elementary School 130
15070 Dweh Elementary School 131
15069 John David Elem. School 133
15043 Togbayee Elem. School 138
15003 Buway Palava Hut 139
15014 Flah Palava Hut 165
15027 Jozon Elem. School 202
15046 Garley Town Pub School 211
15039 Tarloken High School 233
15053 Wulu Elem. School 237
15077 Zilaken Elem. School 245
15044 Tojallah Elem. School 247
15029 Gardueh Town Public School 252
15067 Blown Town Elementary School 264
15047 Gwein Town Public School 265
15073 Solo Elem. School 268
15006 Bodee Public School 270
15011 Dayblay Elem. School 289
15072 Gbayea Town Elem. School 291
15022 Glaplay Town Public School 294
BOMI COUNTY
3039 Gbakendu Palava Hut 93
3037 Kowadee Palava Hut 95
3082 Galakpah Palava Hut 141
3021 Jeon School 152
3001 Baima Palava Hut 160
3082 Kamara Town Public School 180
3036 Geveh Fahnsee Palava Hut 218
3049 Zamian Town Palava Hut 220
3032 Managbokai Palava Hut 226
3079 Beagonah Town Public School 257
3081 Gbonkor Village Palava Hut 265
3053 Gogngweh Palava Hut 271
3077 Nyoundee Town Hall 279
3066 Zuwah Town Palava Hut 295
3050 Zohnbaimon Palava Hut 296

The NEC, as custodian of the ballot papers are either too lazy or busy to take a day or two (in the presence of Observers and other International Participants) open these packets of 500 and give to the polling stations what they actually deserved (along with about 10% contingency ballots). For example, the polling station with only 12 registered voters (Nemeken Town Hall), are receiving 550 ballot papers instead of say 20 ballot papers simply because NEC does not want to open any packet of ballots.We are calling on NEC to do right thing to bring integrity to the process.