By: Jeremiah Sackie Cooper
Liberia-March 23,2023: Amid reports of voters trucking in the ongoing 2023 Biometric Voter’s Registration, the National Elections Commission has vowed to take legal action against politicians involved with voter’s trucking.
It is alleged that politicians are trucking voters from where they reside to a designated voter registration centre as a means of gaining political advantage over their opponents in the October 2023 Elections.
Giving an update on the 2023 Biometric Voter Registration on Monday 24 March 2023 at the headquarters of the National Election Commission, NEC Chairperson Davidetta Brown-Lassanah acknowledged receipt of complaints over voter’s trucking in several parts of the country.
The NEC boss noted that voter trucking is against the elections law of Liberia, and severe punishment awaits anyone found in violation of the law.
Madam Brown-Lasannah noted voter trucking is unacceptable and has the propensity of undermining the conduct of a free and fair election.
“NEC has received a report of incidence of violence related to trucking of voters and the control of crowds. The commission appreciates the effort of the joint security of it responding to the incident. We call on Liberians not to do trucking. Trucking takes away from the population of where they reside and shift it to another registration or another locality or another county”.
It can be recalled that scores of citizens in parts of Western Liberia blocked a truck full of people entering their county to Register. Recently, supporters of Rep. Yekeh Y. Kolubah and Hon Josephine Davies of District 10 Montserrado County clashed over allegations of voter’s trucking. The two aspirants supporters threw stones at each other thus destroying properties within the Oldroad Chugbor area.
Voter trucking violates section 10.2A of the election law of Liberia. It states “The following acts shall constitute malfeasance, punishable under the law of this chapter.
Influencing or attempting to influence the result of any election to include the trucking of voters.