President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Ms. Elizabeth E. Hoff as a member to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Ms. Hoff is a former President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and one time deputy minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Ms. Hoff replaces Atty. Massa Jallabah whose appointment was rescinded when it was discovered that she has not reached the required age of 40 years or older for the post.
Although Ms. Hoff has no legal qualification, her appointment has, in the main time, completed the composition of the Office of the Ombudsman. The others are Cllr. Christian C. Massaquoi, Chairman and Atty. Edward E. Dillon, member.
Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.
In reaction to their nominations by President Sirleaf, the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) said that Massaquoi and Dillon “were not the most suitable Liberians to occupy the positions.” ECC called on President Sirleaf to recall the appointees and engage a wider consultative process of diverse stakeholders in nominating individuals for the Office of the Ombudsman given the sensitive nature of the implementation of sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Conduct and their implications for the peace and security of the country during the current electoral process.
The ECC Coordinator Oscar Bloh, said in the event that the President did not concur with their recommendation, the Senate should not confirm the two men. EEC has yet to react to Ms. Hoff’s nomination.
The ECC is the largest professional civil society platform that observes all aspects of elections in Liberia in partnership with the National Democratic Institute with funding from USAID.