Did Korkoya Resign or Not?

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The UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.

Sources say he did but the President stopped him.

Against the backdrop of avalanche of calls from various quarters demanding the resignation of the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), the veracity of reports which went viral late Thursday night that the NEC chair, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya had resigned has apparently fizzled out with fresh reports suggesting that he is staying put, having been ordered to do so allegedly by President Sirleaf.

The story of his alleged resignation, which went viral on social media indicated that Korkoya’s resignation became necessary following what is being interpreted as a vote of no confidence in the NEC’s handling of the elections process, and which was allegedly  passed by the Senate yesterday. The allegation gained weight when it was proclaimed by Bomi County District #1 Representative-elect Edwin M. Snowe, at a political rally in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

“What we have been wishing for, it has finally come to pass. Korkoya has resigned,” Snowe announced to a crowd of jubilant supporters. Later Snowe returned to inform the crowd that Korkoya’s employer said he should not resign, but remain to see the elections process through.  “That one is left with his boss,” Snowe added.

Earlier that afternoon, the NEC Chairman and six other commissioners appeared before the Senate plenary for the second day this week to provide an update on the elections process. The open session was a continuation of the adjourned hearings held Tuesday, Dec. 19.

According to Daily Observer Senate correspondent, J. Burgess Carter, the Senators grilled the NEC chair, specifically on reports that the controversial final registration roll (FRR) is on display in several counties even though he had told them on Tuesday that the process to clean the FRR was tedious because it was being done manually.

From their questions, which they claimed were based on reports from their respective counties, it was clear that the Senators were neither satisfied nor convinced that Korkoya and his team were completely living up to the mandate of the Supreme Court.

At one point, Grand Gedeh Senator Alphonso Gaye proffered a motion to declare a vote of no confidence in the NEC for its handling of the elections process. However, Senate Pro Temp Armah Z. Jallah ruled that the motion be withheld because other senators had not had a chance to speak; and therefore, the motion was not accepted.

Another motion by the same Grand Gedeh senator called for the discharge of the NEC officials from the hearing and that the Senate emerges with a statement the following day (Dec. 22), on a prescribed course of action based on what transpired over the past two hearings. This motion was accepted and the NEC officials discharged, while the plenary agreed that a statement be prepared and released ahead of the runoff election.

Meanwhile, next door at the Supreme Court, four of the five justices yesterday upheld the Dec. 26 runoff date, declaring they saw no need for the NEC Chairman or any of his commissioners to recuse themselves from the process.  However, the court ordered the incarceration of NEC spokesperson, Henry Flomo, on grounds that he had uttered a public statement while the case was yet before the court; an act the High Court said was contemptuous.

An unimpeachable source told the Daily Observer that following the Senate hearing, a flustered Korkoya proceeded to his office at the NEC and began to pack his belongings. But with the outcome of the UP complaint from Supreme Court and an alleged call from his boss, the NEC Chairman stayed his decision.

Around 8:30pm, NEC posted on its Facebook page: “Do not believe in false information!
Contrary to rumours, Chairman Korkoya has not resigned and remains the Chairman of the National Elections Commission. The Commission is united and ready for December 26 Run Off Election. We will, together, make these elections a success.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. The Chief Justice and his associate justices must remember that Liberians and the international community are closely watching them based on their recent decisions that what transpired on October 10, 2017 did not amount to vote rigging.Moreover, every complaint filed by the Unity Party against NEC has been dismissed even though there are credible evidences that indeed the first round of election was marked by serious frauds. Is it not a fraud and cheating when a person has two more voter cards bearing the same name? Is it not fraud when total.votes cast are more than total number. registered to vote? Is it not a fraud when an individual is caught in possession of more than one voter cards ? What more does the Supreme Court need to prove vote rigging?

  2. The Chief Justice and his associate justices must remember that Liberians and the international community are closely watching them based on their recent decisions that what transpired on October 10, 2017 did not amount to vote rigging.Moreover, every complaint filed bvy the Unity Party against NEC has been dismissed even though there are credible evidences that indeed the first round of election was marked by serious frauds. Is it not a fraud and cheating when a person has two more voter cards bearing the same name? Is it not fraud when total.votes cast are more than total number. registered to vote? Is it not a fraud when an individual is caught in possession of more than one voter cards ? What more does the Supreme Court need to prove vote rigging?

    • E.T; you are so right. The whole thing is about “MONEY and GREEDS”; which amounts to CORRUPTION. J.G. Korkoya is sitting on a “GOLD MINE”. There are some in high places, who are interested in that “GOLD MINE”.

  3. We will remember later that when it came to standing for the right thing and for the greater interest of our country, the Supreme Court (with the exception of Associate Justice Kabineh) Madam President & most of the NEC commissioners (excluding Weedor) will be adjudged as having monumentally failed our country. Trust me, history will judge them harshly.

  4. If Korkoya did not resign, he should. If he actually resigned in secrecy and wants to publicize his resignation after the 26th (a date he set for the rerun), it’s all good.
    Korkoya’s reputation is badly bruised. No one is blameworthy, other than Korkoya himself.

  5. By now fellow Liberians, it is crystally clear that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is manipulating
    the whole election process only to cause Liberia this unwanted trouble in deciding their fate at
    the Ballot Box. Every baby just born and stupid individuals know very well that there is a weighty
    reasons why Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya must resign to give the Liberian people to fully participate
    in deciding their fate after a long and jungle style war brought upon the country. If Ellen Sirleaf’s
    war was for strengthening the country, she would have left office, having restored those things;
    running water, electricity, public toilet and water, to name the least.

    Liberians, the international communities and partners must know that President Ellen Johnson-
    Sirleaf ruled, not govern, Liberia with dictatorial and unparalleled corruption, nepotism and
    cronyism to the extent that after serving for 12 unbroken years, the unemployment is more
    than 85%. From this number, one can imagine what a very serious hardship she had brought
    and left Liberians with. The public must also know that the electoral fraud and irregularities
    lack of transparency in Liberia is ONLY AND PURELY PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’S
    PRODUCT FROM HER CONDUCT.

    Hence, the national elections chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya MUST RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!
    The Supreme Court of Liberia is unable and inefficient to handle its mandate. The Petitioners
    therefore must go to ECOWAS Court to help right the wrongs in the processes.

  6. KORKOYA “SMELLED THE RAT” AND WANTED TO HAUL A** BEFORE “SH8T HIT THE FAN!” DO LIBERIANS THINK ELLEN JOHNSON-SILREAF WILL LET HER “BABY SNAKES” LEAVE HER ALONE WHEN “SH8T HITS THE FAN?” “THEY WHO STEAL TOGETHER WITH ELLEN “NEPOTISTIC” JOHNSON-SIRLEAF AND HER FAMILY” MUST DAMN WELL PERISH WITH THE NATION’S WITCH!

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