Liberia: Nimba, Montserrado Tally Centers Attacked By 'CDC Partisans'

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The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) has accused Garrison Yealue, Chairperson of the Governance Commission, of involvement in the attack on the National Elections Commission (NEC) tallying center in Nimba County.

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The ECC, the country's largest non-political election observation group, noted in a statement on October 14 that Yealue and his supporters arrived at the Magisterial Office with seven vehicles, claiming to file a complaint at the NEC's Upper Nimba Magisterial office, and causing commotion and disrupting the vote tallying process.

The ECC also alleged that supporters of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) launched a similar attack on the tallying center at the Samuel Kayon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville. Upon receiving his new partisan mandate, Yealue vowed to campaign for President Weah's re-election. His appointment contravenes Section 5.3.4 of the Governance Commission Act, which states that commissioners must maintain a non-partisan stance to prevent the commission's agenda and processes from being influenced by political biases.

The National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) has also condemned the disruptions of tallying centers in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, and at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia by"some supporters of the ruling party.

"Based on the two incidents, the notes that actions do not only instill fears in Liberians but also have the potential to undermine the transparency of the electoral process, which was conducted freely by the National Elections Commission (NEC)," it added. Tallying is a part of the electoral process and begins after the Tamper-Evident Envelopes (TEEs) arrive at the Commission's magisterial offices from voting precincts with the presence of agents from political parties and candidates.

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