Monrovia, Liberia- A plot to initiate a recount, and subsequently change the results of the just ended Montserrado County District #13 By-Election has been uncovered.
Multiple sources associated with the National Elections Commission and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change told The Liberian Billboard that the CDC is preparing to file a formal request for a recount, while foot soldiers of the party are engaging presiding officers to have the results at voting centers overturned.
“Presiding Officers are being bribed as I speak to you. The party saw the lost as a serious political submission, therefore they are initiating tactics and strategies to have the results changed. The President is very angry, and their strategic committee have promised him they will still deliver the district,” a source with knowledge of the plot told The Liberian Billboard.
A Presiding Officer at one of the voting center in District #13 when contacted by The Liberian Billboard awhile ago said, he has been contacted by elements from the CDC, but didn’t give in to their demand.
“This is about integrity my brother. What will the US$4,000 they are offering us at the center do after I have damaged my integrity? The results are glaring, and I can’t put my name on the line just for few dollars. But I was contacted, and I out-rightly refused,” the presiding officer told our correspondent.
Meanwhile, some top partisans of the CDC when contacted could neither confirm, nor deny the recount rumor, however, they denied the bribery allegations, stating that the party does not engage in undemocratic practices.
“If the CDC will do anything pertaining to an election, whether it is complaint or a recount, we will do it as per the democratic guidelines and principles governing the process. The CDC does not engage in anything that will jeopardize our Liberian democracy,” a CDC stalwart said.
The representative-elect of Montserrado County District #13, Edward “Papay” Flomo could not be reached for comments up to press time.