The New Dawn (Monrovia)

5 July 2012

Liberia: 78-Year-Old Resident Hail NEC for Peaceful Poll

78-year-old resident of District #11 in Montserrado County is commending the National Election Commission (NEC) for the able and professional manner in which it conducted the July 3rd by-election in the district.

Mr. Abu Kerkulah said since the 1985 elections, Tuesday's by-election was the first election conducted void of confusion amongst residents of District #11. According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Kerkulah made the commendation Tuesday after he cast his ballot at the Gardnerville Town Hall.

He urged the National Election Commission to conduct future elections in similar manner throughout the country, stressing "this would help to avoid biases, cheating and unnecessary confusion among candidates and their supporters."

Mr. Kerkulah attributed the low turnout of voters during the poll to 'heavy downpour' but noted that it could also be as the result of the failure of past representatives to deliver on campaign promises.

He urged any candidate emerging as winner of the by-election to emulate the role of the late Representative Moses Tandapolie by delivering on campaign promises and respecting the views and aspirations of the electorate from the district.

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