NEC Officials Face Senate Tuesday

NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya

-For update on implementation of Supreme Court mandate

The Senate at its 77th day sitting yesterday, requested its secretary to cite the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to appear before that body on Tuesday, December 19 at 12 noon to address some pertinent problems the commission is faced with in the wake of the pending runoff presidential election.

The Senate’s unanimous decision followed the reading of a communication from Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo, in which he requested the plenary to invite “the officials of the NEC, including its chairman Jerome Korkoya to come over to appraise the honorable body on how the commission intends to fix the problems associated with the election as contained in the modification of the Supreme Court opinion.”

Senator Zargo, who chairs the Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs, told the Daily Observer that the visit is necessary at “this crucial stage of our nation’s politics that also has security implications.”

During its landmark ruling in the Liberty Party (LP)/Unity Party (UP) versus the NEC prohibition case on Thursday, December 7, the Supreme Court mandated the NEC to fix the problems that occasioned the taking of the case to the High Court.

In its eight-count mandate, the Supreme Court ruled that NEC publish and make available the Final Registration Roll (FRR) to all electoral magistrates for subsequent display at all polling places in the country. The Court also ordered NEC “to conduct a full clean-up of the FRR to have it comply with the provision of the law.”

As part of the cleaning up of the FRR, persons whose names were not on same should not be allowed to to vote; addendum to the FRR be limited to those within the NEC polling and counting manual; and that officials of the Commission refrain from making utterances on matters growing out of the runoff election, which would likely be issues of possible future electoral disputes, among others.

River Gee County Senator Conmany B. Wesseh earlier proffered a motion to send his colleague’s letter to the Senate Committee on Autonomous Agencies, but some were not cooperative, including Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, who specifically recalled the appearance of officials of NEC prior to the elections over some of the issues the LP and the UP raised, and declared that if the relevant committee had followed up with the NEC over what was discussed, “maybe we will not be in the position we occupy at present. I therefore urge my colleagues that he amends his motion that will ask the NEC officials appearance before plenary.”


  1. The Senate as one of the two houses of Liberian legislation should now spent time on plans to receive newly elected legislators at capitol levels. This Liberian legislature has long disappointed the Liberian people they were elected to make laws to suit the Liberian culture. With due respect, we need a sifter. The 54th session is the sifter. It is the legislative branch that makes the law. The lawmakers should have no contact with interpretation of the law. It can neither execute the law. The Senate should request aiding NEC to finalize electoral process enhanced constitutionally according to Liberian concept. Senators and Representatives who have been breaking the law instead of making have no justifications. Therefore, when the time comes, they will be voted out by their constituents they have poorly promised help to the capital service. Not everyone who works or go to school in Monrovia is born in Monrovia. As Liberians we will have a President as scheduled in peace. The 57% silent majority has this transition and there is nothing trouble makers can do about this process. The Liberian legislative digger will not be touched until a speaker is elected. The Liberian President pro tempore is charged with a smooth election also.
    Gone to constitutional time. Do not reply this box. Tell your own people in your own county.

  2. That the Legislature has oversight authority on Executive Branch institutions is common knowledge, therefore, senators summoning appearance of NEC officials in search of answers regarding FRR ought not to raise eyebrows. Making that information available in order to avoid confusing voters, which occurred in few constituencies on October 10 shouldn’t be an issue, either.

    The fact of the matter is whichever of the two political parties – UP and CDC – that wins on December 26 would, we assume, achieve that victory on its own merit, not because of partiality of NEC, or fraud perpetrated by partisans. So to prevent misperceptions that could steal the thunder from the successful presidential team, NEC should fully comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. Like we noted in a different comment, the next government has to be an inclusive one to reconcile the nation, and the last thing anyone wants is a segment of the population doubting its legitimacy!


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