Amidst threats from entrepreneurs to boycott the ongoing voter registration process, the Managing Editor of the Capitol Times Newspaper, Molley Paasewe, has urged entrepreneurs to throw out the nonparticipation plan and turn out for the Voter Registration process.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, a group of Liberian business people under the banner Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia Incorporated (PATEL) vowed to boycott the voter registration processes if their concern forwarded to the 53rd National Legislature is not addressed. The entrepreneurs contended through their petition to the National Legislature that 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. According to them, entrepreneurs including school proprietors and proprietress are together in the struggle to ensure that those issues are addressed and they will not turn up during the voter’s registration process if these problems are not dealt with. But appearing yesterday on the Capitol FM breakfast show, Molley Paasewe intimated that despite the legitimacy of the concerns, the entrepreneurs must muster the courage, get out, obtain a VR card and make the change they want. He said: “PATEL, whether you are on the lockdown, the Voter Registration is very important; carrying your grievances to the legislators for resolution is ironic; these are the people holding you hostage and you have the mandate to kick everybody out”. “We should not sit on the fence and say we are not going through VR. I am calling on you to go and do the registration because it is time to kick the people out. If you know your worth, get your VR cards and during the time of voting make your conscious decision,” he stressed. He said the entrepreneurs are 110 percent right about their intervention and stakeholders have to be practical and come up with practical solutions to resolve the dispute.