Nimba Plans to Repatriate Citizens for Voter Registration

By Obadiah Karnah, II

Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted April 20, 2005


The Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris, is commending Nimbaians for the program designed to repatriate and resettle citizens in the wake of the voter registration exercise in the country.

Speaking at the Paynesville City Hall during program marking the formal launching of Nimba Citizens Repatriation, Resettlement and Sensitization, Committee (NCRRC) over the weekend, the NEC boss told the citizens that the launching of the repatriation program at this time when Liberians and the international community are doing everything possible to restore democracy in the country, is a clear indication that Nimbaians love their country.

She said this year’s election will not be conducted on constituency basis because the commission will use the outcome of the voter registration which will determine electoral district and as such, the higher votes will provide the number in the National Legislature.

She further indicated that constituencies are demarcated on the basis of census and geographical location containing at least twenty thousand inhabitants in each constituency.

Cllr. Morris urged Nimbaians to do the registration in their various registration centers allocated in the county so that they can win more seats at the National Legislature come October 11, 2005 elections.

Earlier, former Liberian President Moses Blah thanked the Chairman of NCRRC Mr. Sei Gahn, Nimba County Superintendent Harrison Karnweay and members of the committee for the level of arrangements leading to organizing the committee to repatriate and resettle citizens in the county following 15 years of war that devastated the country.

The former president gave a purse of five hundred United States dollars as part of his initial contribution towards the program.

Also speaking during the program, Nimba County Representative aspirant Mr. Aaron Beaie used the occasion to call on Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant and relevant agencies of the NTGL to institute a duty free on the importation of nation’s staple, rice and cement to enhance the process leading to the repatriation and resettlement of citizens in the leeward counties.

Mr. Beaie said when this is done, citizens who are striving to return home following the civil conflict will have no reason to stay in Monrovia and other areas.

The program was attended by some eminent citizens of the county including, former President Moses Z. Blah, LWSC Managing Director Rogers Woodson, former Agriculture Minister Scott Gblorzuo Toweh as well as former LEC Managing Director Harry T. Yuan, among others.

Five thousand nine hundred United States dollars and pledges as well as LD16,040 and two drums of fuel oil were realized during the program.

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