An opinion poll conducted by the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) shows that 65 percent of respondents are disappointed in the representational function of the current lawmakers.
The poll result also revealed that on the overall 28 percent of respondents say that they have a favorable opinion about voting for a lawmaker and 7 percent say they do not. Making the disclosure yesterday in a press briefing held at the NAYMOTE office in Congo Town, Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo noted that the poll was conducted using “phone-bank” system of over 9,235 names in the 73 districts. In the survey report conducted from April to May of this year, 34% of registered voters, majority of who are women, are dissatisfied with the representational performance of the current lawmaker and have not yet decided whether or not to participate in the pending elections. He said the contact details came from the 73 electoral districts in Liberia, with 2,680 respondents, of which 1,640 are males and 1,220 females. The respondents were randomly selected with eight enumerators trained for the conduct of the survey. According to Mr. Jarwolo, the objective of the poll is to understand the perception of voters about the lawmakers and issues the electorates want addressed by those seeking public offices, so as to design a civic engagement program. “With this survey revealing that 65% of registered voters are dissatisfied with the representational performance of the current lawmakers, they need to do more work to convince the voters that they desire to be re-elected,” he added. The survey targeted 2,860 registered voters, 1,640 males (57%) and 1,220 (43%) females in 20 electoral district from nine of the fifteen counties in Liberia including Montserrado, Bong Margibi, Lofa, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, and Grand Gedeh Counties.