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Jungle James Camp Residents Protest NEC Decision
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, January 30 (LINA) - Over 8,000 residents of Jungle James Camp in Fuamah District, Bong County have threatened to boycott the upcoming national voter registration exercise which runs from February 1 to March 7 this year.

The citizens said their action is based on the decision of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to place the area under Gbarpolu County.

The gold and diamond mining camp, which is part of Zulu Clan in Fuamah District, was placed under Gbarpolu County following the NEC Geo-Information Mapping Exercise around the country.

The mineral-rich community straddles the St. Paul River and has more than 8,000 inhabitants.

Besides, the camp is a major contributor to government revenue generation in Bong County.

In a petition presented to Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy on Sunday, the citizens called on the county leadership to engage the NEC to reverse the decision to place their community under Gbarpolu County.

They believe that NEC’s decision is only intended to disenfranchise them and create confusion between the two counties.

The citizens said if the Commission refuses to reconsider its decision, they will not register for the election and would disengage from all activities of the two counties, including the payment of taxes to national government.

Receiving the petition, Superintendent Mappy promised to communicate the citizens' concern to the NEC to amicably resolve the issue to ensure that the citizens exercise their democratic franchise in the impending elections.

She explained that the community was well populated and that the NEC should see reason to establish polling centers there and maintain the community under Bong County.

The Bong County Superintendent commended residents of Jungle James Camp for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the meeting, and encouraged them to continue on that path until they can hear from the county leadership.

In response to a question from the Liberia News Agency on Monday, NEC lower Bong County Magistrate Barsee Kpaingbah confirmed that Jungle James Camp was placed under Gbarpolu by the GIS technicians but said the commission is currently reviewing the decision.

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