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Immigration Confiscates Over 160 Voter Cards From Non-Liberians
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, April 17 (LINA) – The Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has confiscated and turned over to the National Elections Commission (NEC) about 161 voter registration cards confiscated from non-Liberians who participated in the just-ended voter registration exercise.
Making the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) via mobile phone in Monrovia on Monday, LIS Director of Press and Public Affairs, Col. Abraham Dorley, said the cards were taken from the alleged perpetrators across the country.
Dorley noted that those involved in the unwholesome practice purported to be Liberians and got registered, claiming that it is criminal and contravenes the Alien and Nationality Laws of Liberia.
He said of those arrested, 23 were from Bong, three from Bomi, four from Sinoe, one each from Grand Bassa and Grand Kru, 18 from Margibi, 13 from Grand Gedeh, 10 from Cape Mount, three from Gbarpolu, two each from River Cess and Maryland, 37 from Lofa, and 28 from Montserrado counties.
According to the LIS official, most of those arrested have been investigated and charged and are currently behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison, while a few of them are being jailed in the counties where they were arrested awaiting court trial.
He assured the public that the Liberia Immigration Service is working with other security apparatuses to ensure that non-Liberians who fraudulently registered during the voter registration exercise are arrested and voter cards seized to ensure a free, fair and transparent election come October this year.
Dorley is therefore calling on Liberians to help the LIS in the process by providing credible information on those who decided to deceptively take part in the exercise knowing that they were not eligible to do so.