LPP Demands Immediate Investigation Into ‘Conflicting Vote Tallies’ From Lofa 

The opposition Liberian People’s Party (LPP) has conveyed what it considers a national shame and a recipe for political chaos; that is if corrective measures are not taken to prevent a reoccurrence of such a travesty of democracy. 

LPP says after carefully following events from the just-ended Senatorial By-Election in Lofa County, it wishes to use as reliance the observatory discrepancies gathered from the various communication channels of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to caution, recommend and demand collective practical actions from all political parties in Liberia and other institutions dedicated to the advancement of democracy.

The party states: “On the 1st of July 2022 at 2:33 pm, the NEC published on its website and Facebook page results from the just-ended 2022 By-Elections in Lofa County, after careful observations of the vote tallies published by NEC via its website, we observed the following discrepancies which we believe undermine the credibility of the results and expose the institutional inefficiency of the Commission, something we considered a direct threat to our electoral mandate as a political party.”

Please see below some of the discrepancies LPP discovered: 

➢ At Precinct 21025 – Foya Market Hall, Foya a total voters’ turnout of 2,536 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 1,142 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 1,394.

➢ At Precinct 21070 – Manticora Town Hall, Mendicorma a total voters’ turnout of 1,515 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 567 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 948.

➢ At Precinct 21046 – Worsongar Public School, Worsongar a total voters’ turnout of 1,570 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 622 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 948. 

➢ At Precinct 21049 – Kamalah Town Hall, Kamalah a total voters’ turnout of 512 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 155 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 357.

➢ At Precinct 21084 – Kolahun Public School, Kplohun a total voters’ turnout of 2,659 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 1,224 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 1,435.

➢ At Precinct 21100 – Vahun Town Hall, Vahun a total voters’ turnout of 1,237 is reported, while the summation of the total valid and invalid votes stands at 499 voters. The difference between the voters’ turnout and the total valid and invalid votes here is 738.

In addition to these incomprehensible discrepancies which warrant immediate investigation, the party said it also noticed disparities in the number of registered voters on the print preview page of the results from the Commission’s website and the actual pages that are displayed upon opening results by polling places on the websites.  

Considering these concerns, the LPP informs the Commission that a simple Facebook post indicating an attempt to hack its website is inadequate and does not deal with the institutional inadequacy of the NEC or by extension alleviate the fear of distrust in NEC’s ability to hold free, fair and transparent election come 2023.

“Based on our collective experience as a nation and understanding the nature of politics in most underdeveloped third world nations, where poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance undermine all moral standards, for which Liberia is no exception, especially considering our recent history of gun violence and social degradation that resulted from misrule, bad governance, and tyranny, we call on all political parties, especially those in opposition to immediately summon the courage to join us in demanding a total cleaning of the National Voters Roll and all election data that are relevant to 2023 and all future elections,” LPP mentioned through Chairman J. Yanqui Zaza.

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