A group of Liberian entrepreneurs under the banner Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia Incorporated has vowed to boycott the voter registration processes which begin today if their concern forwarded to the 53rd National Legislature is not addressed.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at the Capitol Building after the presentation of their petition, an official of the group, Jestina Ghartey said until their request to the Legislature that all Liberian businesses pay a flat rate on goods imported from zero to five percent is met, there will be no turn up during the ensuing voter registration exercise. “We are not alone in this fight. School proprietors and proprietress are also in the struggle with us. These citizens will not turn up during the voters’ registration process if these problems are not dealt with,” she noted. The grounds of the capitol was scene of clamoring as these entrepreneurs gathered to petition the lawmaker on several issues that they claim are making life difficult for them as well as for buyers in the country. Liberian entrepreneurs were dressed in red t-shirt and jean with placards carrying different inscriptions such as “we want justice; no brown envelop, stop harassing us police, reduce the rate, business people are nation builders” among others. Reading the petition on behalf of the group, PATEL national chairman, Presley Tenwah, requested a direct and unconditional audience with the necessary committees of the august body to provide detail information regarding the plight of Liberian businesses in the country in order to find an amicable solution. Margibi County Lawmaker Ballah Zayzay receiving the petition applauded the group for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves and assured them that the satiation will be dealt with in the shortest possible time.