March 3, 2017
I am writing you this personal note to inform you that our Country Liberia needs us most in moments as such. Currently, the period of voter registration is ongoing and ends on March 14, 2017. I want to urge each of you to go out there and register to vote. Voting is your civic right and responsibility as guaranteed under a democracy. I know that a few of you my fellow citizens and compatriots are weary of going to register and vote due to the failed promises of politicians you’ve trusted in the past. I share and understand your sentiments. Nevertheless, the hope of tomorrow depends on your action taken today, and registering to vote is one of the single most important steps in securing the government you so desire.
While you take on the solemn act of registering to vote, may I please remind you of the following:
Don’t allow any Politician to ask you to register in a location he’s running other than your place of domicile. Any Politician running within a specific location should be popular with the people he intends to represent. Please register only in the location you live because; by agreeing to be trucked to register in a location other than where you live, you are conspiring to put the wrong person in office, disenfranchising yourself from holding the politician accountable to you for his actions and reducing the number of actual residents in your district. Register where you live and vote peacefully.
Don’t indulge or close a blind eye to any electoral irregularity. Don’t attempt to register twice through any fraudulent means, nor attempt to sell your voter registration card to any unscrupulous person. These two actions are not only criminal, but undermine the essence of the democracy we intend to uphold in building a wholesome and functioning society. Also, if you have reason to believe that a foreigner or alien is attempting to register, report the matter to an electoral authority or a law enforcement officer. The presence of aliens attempting to interfere in the elections of another Country exposes that Country to weaknesses and electoral shocks. Don’t ever ignore that. It concerns Liberia. If proven that the person is not an alien, you weren’t wrong, but simply trying to protect a democracy that took blood, sweat and tears to reach to this level.
Encourage others to go and register. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors who are reluctant to register to go out there and register. Tell them the importance of being change agents in a democracy. Speak with youth groups, members of your local soccer teams, lecture mates about the need to register as soon as possible. Lastly, speak with the first time voters about the need to go and register. When you sit down to talk with them, recount all of the above things I’ve listed in this letter.
Thank you for your time. May God bless Liberia.
Lekpele M. Nyamalon
Founder, Africa’s Life.