Claim 1: “National Elections Commission (NEC) temporary worker is campaigning on election day,” a Liberian journalist said.
Verdict: Mostly true
The journalist, Gbolu Beatrice Beyan, on her Facebook page, claimed that a temporary worker of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Aisha M. Bility, was running a campaign for the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). She posted a link and screenshot of pictures belonging to Aisha Bility on her Facebook page with caption the, “Process began #2”, a slogan of the governing CDC party.
To start with, DUBAWA contacted Beyan, who indicated that she did not know Bility in person but only saw her post on Facebook and thought it was necessary to raise the alarm.
We subjected the pictures to a Google Reverse Image Search but did not get any information relating to the images. The researcher then contacted Bility via Facebook Messenger, but she has yet to respond.
The researcher also checked her Facebook page but could not see the alleged post. However, DUBAWA found out that she appears to be a supporter of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), as seen here. The picture on her Facebook page appears to be canvassing for votes for the Weah-led administration. She describes herself as a “CDCian.”
The campaign picture was posted on Nov. 12, 2023, a day before the election, which is against the electoral laws. According to the rules, campaigning must stop two days before the election.
DUBAWA also established that she served as a NEC temporary worker during the first round of the elections on Oct. 10, 2023, as seen here. The NEC did not undertake new hiring for the runoff election but maintained the same group, according to the spokesperson of the NEC, Henry Flomo.