E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor
Source: The New Dawn
Despite findings from various civil groups and international groups, certifying that Tuesday’s legislative and presidential elections were generally free, fair and transparent, the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Cllr. Winston Tubman is crying foul, alleging that the electoral process is not free and fair.
National Elections Commission Chairman James Fromayan disclosed when he announced phase one of the preliminary results of the legislative and presidential elections that the CDC through its Standard Bearer Cllr. Winston Tubman Thursday visited the NEC headquarters on 9th Street in Sinkor and alleged that some ballot boxes were broke into by unknown individuals during the casting of ballots.
Fromayan furthered that Tubman displayed some photos on his laptop, claiming that ballots were tempered with. The NEC Boss said the formal procedure to complain and protest results of the polls starts with party representative assigned at the polling center.
“He or she can refuse to sign the report from the center and then the representative can file formal complain to the presiding officer and subsequently the party can communicate with the magistrate and NEC office”, he explained.
He indicated that those steps have not been followed by authorities of the Congress for Democratic Change, but instead the CDC standard bearer chose to walk to the NEC offices with verbal complaints, something that may not claim serious attention of the Commission.
Formayan however said the case has been forwarded to the NEC magistrate for investigation, added that CDC authorities failed to provide further detail on the reported incident.
“The CDC failed to give the name of the center and number of the ballot box because we still have boxes in safe keeping, so any complaint, we check it immediately but if not, it is difficulty”, he concluded.