Fromoyan Doubts NEC’s VR Results

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Former Chairman James M. Fromayan, National Elections Commission (NEC), yesterday expressed doubt over results released by the Commission, that it registered over two million eligible voters during the just ended voter registration exercise.

Fromayan believed that this year’s registration exercise was marred with series of irregularities beginning with mal-functioned cameras.

He made the statement when he appeared on ELBC’s Bumper Show yesterday.

“While is true that the Jerome Korkoya’s administration is hard working, it will be unfair to hold it as a truth for recording over two million returned registration forms,” Fromayan told his audience.

“I am not saying it is impossible to register that number of eligible voters, but the VR process was faced with many challenges, including malfunctioning cameras, staff delayed to start registration on many occasions; incompetence of some hired contractors; mainly to operate the VR equipment, and the outbreak of intermittent riots,” Mr. Fromoyan said.

Fromayan said his days at NEC as co-chairman and later chairman at the commission were critical as compare to that of Korkoya’s administration, “because authority put my feet to job than that of the present commissioners.

He however acknowledged that Korkoyah and team are doing well.

“There was a time when I had 11 armed police guarding me at all times. In fact, I feared that the lives of my wife and children were not safe then,” Fromayan told Patrick Honna, the show host.

Mr. Fromoyan who now heads the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, said the optical mark recognition (OMR) machines at NEC now are very slow to do the job, which Korkoya claimed his administration has done.

Fromayan said there were sufficient evidences that the then ruling National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) rigged the 1985 elections under the watchful eyes of president Samuel K. Doe.

“Unlike our elections of 2005 and 2011, which were transparent because of the systems put in place, the 1985 elections were rigged in broad day light,” he recalled.

He noted that this year’s elections are critical, because it is about transitioning from one sitting president to another since the process was carried out in the country in 1944.

Concerning budgetary constraints at NEC, Fromayan said there is no reason why people should think that donor funds directly enters the hands of Commissioners for whatever purpose.

“Monies from donors are placed under the supervision of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for NEC, and anything the Commission intends to do with those funds have to meet the approval of UNDP authorities,” he noted.

He denied ever cheating the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) during the 2011 presidential elections as alleged by the party’s supporters.

Concerning his signing of a communication that questioned his credibility then, Mr. Fromoyan said he made no mistake.

For that, he challenged anyone who thinks he has done wrong to take him to court.

“I read that letter from Bobby Livingstone (NEC communication director) before signing it, but from wherever the noise came that I made a mistake, it is yet to show up and report me to the law. I am not afraid of justice,” he declared.

He said he was not pressured to resign as it was reported by many people across the country, but thought it wise to give others the chance to serve too as chair of NEC.

Mr. Fromoyan said under his chairmanship, nine by-elections were held, and among the contestants, he had three of his best friends, who were “fellow progressives,” but they lost the elections while contestants from the opposition blocks won.

“It was during my leadership at NEC that Geraldine Doe Sheriff, then senior partisan of CDC won the senatorial seat for Montserrado,” he said.

In a related development, Fromayan has openly declared supports to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Boakai, and therefore promising to campaign through the country on behalf of Boakai.

“Now that I am not chairman of NEC, I can say the name of any candidate that I support without fear or favor. In this regard, I pledged my support V.P. Boakai,” he announced.

Fromoyan said he has begun mobilizing support from his people in Lofa County, and therefore expressed the hope that the Lofans will follow him to elect Boakai as Liberia’s next leader, succeeding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Cllr. Korkoya who meanwhile phoned in to give his side of the story, said the figures the commission reported are preliminary results, and there is no need for anyone to doubt them.

“We reported that 2,026,000 forms were received from 11 of the 15 counties, and of that number, 1,036,000 were processed, while 655,000 were completely scanned,” he said.

Korkoya added that the figures are legitimate except wherein some names are objected to during the pending exhibition.

He said even if NEC can get 2.1 million or more of eligible voters to participate in the October elections, the Commission will be pleased and grateful to all who will qualify to vote.

Cllr. Korkoya also called on everyone to take responsibility in ensuring that the October polls succeed without trouble.

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  1. Afraid of what when you were reading the right results. I guess some of the results you read were not real. You know when the head is doubtful, the entire body is doubtful. I hope ur ain’t going to fake things in October putting all kinds of people there and we the common people have to struggle with those decisions for years.

  2. Flomoyan should to 2011 not 2005 . Flomoyan must admit reading misfigure during the conference to pronounce preliminary results.
    Flomoyan messed up and dumped Brumskine votes in 2005 in order to bring UP next to CDC for second round. Go sleep UP/Former Chair . 11 Police assigned because of your dealings.

  3. It takes one to know one. So, most likely, the figure of registrants given by NEC isn’t only an estimation, but a fabrication. However, many are waiting, and monitoring what’s going on. The perception is that the idiom “enough is enough” goes beyond agitational rhetoric in this billed do or die 2017 presidential elections’ battle. Watch out NEC commissioners, you might not be lucky in finding an escape route to a luxury safe haven paid for by an unaccountable administration.

  4. Isn’t this the man who could not count. Why is he surfacing again? This man should be ashamed to even show his face much less say anything. But I guess when the money finish and you want ot make yourself relevant once again, …..

    • Yes. This is the fool who couldn’t count. Now he has the audacity to call into question the work of the current commissioners without any tangible evidence to support his claims. Very irresponsible of him knowing how crucial this election is.

  5. Isn’t this the man who could not count? Why is he surfacing again? This man should be ashamed to even show his face much less say anything. But I guess when the money finish and you want to make yourself relevant once again, …..

  6. Flomoyan should be ashame of himself and stop coming out of his hiding place after playing his political game. I want clearly to believe the saying “evil doer always think evil” which means he was deeply involved into some scandals which created tension during the 2011 elections.

    Flomoyan, please leave the LEC alone to do their job. During your days, you were fortunate to succeed in your black deal. But now, we all are washing with eagle eyes to see how any dirty game will be played in 2017 like what happen during your administration. Hint to the wise is sufficient.

  7. The 2017 elections in october are very critical and require high level of credibility and transparency from the Liberia’s electoral commission.Mr. korkoyah should be mindful how he releases information to the public relating to the electoral matters because you dealing with whole nation comprising of well inform and sensible people.If you have utilized two millions plus forms from the VR exercise in 11 counties across the country and received them for processing in NEC data base then it signify that they are people who NEC have registered in these counties.Remember we are closely monitoring NEC for any dubious intent to place ghost names in the voter registry.In 1997 elections, NEC registered total voters of 751,430 and after eight years in 2005 elections NEC also registered total voters of 1,352,730. An increased of about 6001,300 registered voters was realized after eight years.And then in 2011 elections NEC again went on to registered total voters of 1,798,930, an increase of about 446,200 voters after six years. So after another six in 2017, we are now receiving an alarming figure of registered voters from 11 counties when the start of VR exercises nationwide was marked by so many challenges.It is a clear fact for us as people of Liberia to hold NEC accountable and allow that body to do the just, right and transparent thing that will bring about credible elections in October this year. This is everybody thing and not one person business because what affect a nation, affect everyone in that nation.

  8. Fromoyan is a coward.
    I represented the CDC in the 2011 election at the National Election Commission.
    There was lots of cheating that took place during his administration,

    Let him read the Carter center reports and that of the state department that I submitted to them on behalf of the CDC

  9. Fromayan should be ashamed of himself. Why would he make such reckless comments that have the potential to create tension? His election was the most dubious, and so much so that he had to flee the country. Complete Idiot.

  10. FORMAYAN CAME HOME TO TEACH THE THAN (NEC) CHAIRMAN AS HOW TO PLAY THE BIG GAME OF POLITIC
    YOU SEE IF HE FORMAYAN CAN DO IT AND GO FREE WITH OUT CHARGE.HE CHAIRMAN KORKOYA CAN AND THIS IS HOW FIRST TO DISCREDIT AND SECOND THE CHAIRMAN COME OUT AND SAY THE NUMBERS HE KORKOYA GIVE THE PUBLIC IS NOT THE REAL NUMBER

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