It could be recalled that an unidentified chief of the county on December 8, 2020 ordered the seizure of several ballot boxes at a voting precinct, thus resulting to serious tensions in the county, causing several persons not to vote on that day. In the formal letter to the NEC, a copy which is in the possession of this paper, Cllr. Moiffie Kanneh of the Sannoh and Partners PC, pointed out that the action of the chief and others to seize the ballot boxes and the continual intimidation of the candidate is a violation of the Constitution and Elections Laws of Liberia. “Currently, Madam Botoe Kanneh is running for her dear life and two of her supporters have been attacked (Cllr. Boakai Kanneh and Joseph) conditions are in a state of danger,” he further reported.
He averred that the Clan Chief also on Monday, December 14, 2020 instructed the “traditional devil” to enter the town called Nomodatonau in Electoral District #3 and was virtually seen terrorizing supporters of Madam Botoe Kanneh. “With these negative unfolding developments, the Campaign Committee of Madam Botoe Kanneh lives are in imminent danger making it practically impossible to continue with the election activities. I have been in contact with the Magistrate of Gbarpolu County, Atty. Fomba Swaray, having his abreast of the situation,” he added. Accordingly, election at that precinct was ordered suspended and was scheduled to be held on today, Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
However, the NEC has reported that the process is unlikely with increasing tensions in the county. “The situation in Gbarpolu is of concern to us. We are being prevented from holding the process tomorrow,” said the Chairperson of the Commission Madam Davidetta Brown-Lassanah. In a related development, the NEC head also reported of mounting tension in Grand Kru County that resulted to damages of the vehicles of the Commission. She noted that several staffs of the Commission are in hiding as a result of the tension. “Our staffs are still in hiding and we are trying to establish contact with them, but up to now, we have been unable to do so,” she added.