The Secretary General of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Jefferson T. Koijee has frowned at staff of the National Election Commission (NEC) for denying individuals from the Muslims religion as a result of their names or absent thus describing said attitude as a sign of ‘discrimination.’
Koijee who is also the Mayor of the City of Monrovia stated, “We are getting information that people are being denied registration by NEC because they carry names like Jalloh, Barry, Kamara, and Fofana.”
“We want to say these people are Liberians and anyone found preventing them from registering is a form of discrimination and a violation of their rights. People shouldn’t be denied because of their last name when they are legitimate citizens,” he maintained.
Kijoee made the remark recently from the United States of America, when he appeared on Prime FM, a local radio in Monrovia.
However, his assertion came as a result of many complaints from some individuals including an Islamic group about their kinsmen being denied from getting Voter ID cards because their names and other factors.
He added: “We’re hopeful that the process will be extended for at least a week to enable more of our people participates in the registration process.”
Commenting on the recent violence that erupted in Montserrado County District 10, between members of the party’s Youth League and supporters of the District Representative, Yekeh Kolubah, the CDC Secretary-General Condemns the act and therefore called on the Police to Dispense Justice fairly.
He at the same time also frowned on the LNP for not giving the ruling CDC the same rights and privileges given to opposition parties. “On the national front, we condemn any act of violence perpetrated by anyone.”
“The police should be impartial in their dealings. You can’t disallow one group of people, then allow people like Dillon, along with opposition members, to parade in the same place because the police have the responsibility to protect our democracy,” Koijee added.