26 June 2012

Sierra Leone: Vehicle Owners Accuse NEC Contractor of Dishonesty

Some concerned vehicle owners have over the weekend expressed their dissatisfaction with a Liberian national, Aba, who reportedly serves as a contractor for the National Electoral Commission NEC to hire vehicles for the registration and exhibition exercise conducted by NEC to give out identity cards to eligible voters.

The frustrated vehicle owners claimed the man is engaged in a corrupt practice of taking new set of vehicles for the exhibition exercise after paying him a huge sum despite a previous arrangement with vehicle owners used during the registration exercise.

One vehicle owner Abu Kamara told Concord Times in an interview that his vehicle was used to ply routes within Bo district during the registration exercise and his vehicle was also recorded as one of the vehicles that will take part on the forthcoming exhibition exercise of identity cards and verification by NEC. But now, most of the vehicles that were assigned to Bo, Kailahun and Kono during the past registration exercise by NEC were not given the chance to participate.

He accused Aba of being dubious by taking vehicles that can pay him and not giving the opportunity to those who refused to pay him.

"Aba has become more of an embarrassment to vehicle owners and we are calling on the Anti -Corruption Commission to speedily look into our cries," Kamara said. "My vehicle performed well without a fault in the just concluded NEC registration exercise and I see no reason why I should be left out. Just because I refused to pay the said money," he added.

Efforts made to contact Aba proved futile.

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