Traditional Bushes To Be Closed For Special Election…Chief Karwor Vows; Appeals To NEC

The Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor has vowed to close all traditional bushes for the pending October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

Speaking at the official launch of the Civic Voter Education Campaign held at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia, Chief Karwor said this is necessary to enable persons who have attained age 18 and above but are still in the Sande and Poro bushes to be part of the voting process.

Chief Karwor fledged the Traditional Council’s unflinching support to the work of the NEC saying, “We will work with you and will ensure that our children still in the Poro and Sande Bushes be part of the voting business.”

The Traditional Chiefs’ leader has vowed to lobby with the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the traditional bushes to be closed during the special electoral process to be held throughout the country.

At the same time Chief Karwor has appealed to the National Elections Commission (NEC) to extend the three days allotted for its mobile team’s operation across the country. The NEC mobile team is expected to remain in a particular precinct for three days before moving to another area during the sensitization period, something the Chief said is insufficient.

According to Chief Karwor, the country is faced with serious deplorable road conditions and as such, most of the voters in the leeward counties have to walk several hours to get to a particular precinct to register for the Special Senatorial Election.

He said getting to most of the centers in the interior of the country is very difficult and that is why NEC must extend the three days to enable all Liberians be part of the Special Election voting process.

Meanwhile, Chief Karwor has called on the NEC to revisit the Electoral District issue. He said the issue of Electoral District is confusing to them (Traditional people) saying, “What we know about is our administrative district and not this new electoral district.”