Grand Gedeh County: Bad Roads Could Cause Low Turnout on Election Day

 

Putu District – Liberians living in Putu District, Grand Gedeh County want the National Elections Commission (NEC) to reconsider the challenges of deplorable roads in the area when setting up polling stations for October 10 elections.

Cyclamito Dennis, the community spokesman, said bad road is causing serious problems for those residing in that part of the county.

Dennis said local and international nongovernmental organizations and the NEC must act now to ensure people of the district exercise their constitutional rights by participating in the presidential and representative elections.

The community leader also called on the county administration to recondition the Zwedru-to-Tiama town road and other major roads as polling day draw closer.

“This situation is so serious that people in the area were unable to take part in the replacement process (voter cards replacement) that was held across the country for damaged, lost, and poor picture quality voter ID cards,” Dennis said.

“Some of them are even complaining as whether they will have the chance to vote because of bad road.”

Dennis said civic voter education campaigners are unable to reach in some towns to sensitize voters because of the bad road condition while expressing concern that the prevailing situation would “create more invalid votes”.

Meanwhile, the community spokesman said the deplorable bad road in the area has caused the hike in the prices of major commodities.

He warned that if nothing is done about the road, the district might be cut off from Zwedru, the county’s capital – where goods and other business transactions are concentrated.

Report By: Angeline Roberts