…Imam Council, Baptist Convention
The National Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee and Dr. Olu Menjay, President of Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention have released a joint statement on the current political situation in the country.
In their statement released Thursday, Sheikh Krayee and Dr. Menjay said the current legal path that is being pursued by political parties that are dissatisfied with results of the October 10 polls is in the right direction of Liberia.
“We wish to encourage all parties involved to pursue the legal path, which we believe is the best option in moving forward,” the two clerics said.
They said seeking redress to one’s grievances through the legal process is an important ingredient of democracy.
At the same time, the both men have called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to correct all voter registry errors.
They recalled several months ago, they registered their concern relating to the voter registration exercise when Cllr. Korkoyah said anyone in possession of voter card will vote in these elections, adding “we immediately saw his statement on this matter as a recipe for confusion. Our concern and dissatisfaction on his statement was mentioned on UNMIL Radio in June 2017, hence after numerous public outcries.”
However, they said Cllr. Korkoyah’s retraction did not march the reality on October 10.
“It is important to note that the bedrock of any credible election marks a certified voter registry. To our dismay, the voter registry was incomprehensive at many polling places. Just as in the case during exhibition period, many voter-card carrying people could not find their names on the registry,” they noted, stressing that this made NEC to resort to the unorthodox practice of allowing anyone with a voter card to vote.
Sheikh Krayee and Dr. Menjay said the fact that these issues were raised months ago before the October 10 polls but were not rectified, prove that the NEC boss is not up to the task entrusted to him.
Additionally, the said the huge number of invalid votes is a clear indication that voter education was poorly executed.