President Sirleaf Commissions NEC Executive Director

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday commissioned the executive director of the National Elections Commission (NEC), C. A. Lamin Lighe at the headquarters of the Commission in Monrovia.

President Sirleaf used the occasion to challenge the commission to conduct the upcoming October elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.

The President said the October 10 elections are a defining moment for Liberia, “because it will determine whether or not the country goes forward and promotes its democracy, or if Liberia moves backward.”

At the same time, President Sirleaf said Liberians still have total confidence in the ability of the NEC to credible elections based on the number of successful and transparent by-elections the Commission has conducted over the years.

“We know that the Commission will face challenges, mainly legal difficulties,” President Sirleaf added.

She said her government will continue to provide all the necessary assistance to the Commission to ensure that it successfully executes its constitutional mandate to conduct the elections.

Responding, Mr. Lighe assured the President and Liberians that with the support of the Board of Commissioners and the employees of the NEC, a free, fair and transparent election is certain, and will be based on international best practices, producing a result that will be accepted by the Liberian people.

Lighe said such elections will ensure the smooth transition of one democratically elected government to another.

He promised to always justify the confidence reposed in him by President Sirleaf to serve as executive director of the NEC.

Welcoming the President and delegation to the headquarters of the NEC on 9th Street, Sinkor, the chairman, Jerome George Korkoya, assured her that all is moving as planned to conduct free, fair and transparent elections on October 10.

Chairman Korkoya said the President’s visit to the Commission came at the right time for her to be fully updated on the entire electoral process. He said the Commission is grateful to the Liberian government for its support.

Korkoya and the Board of Commissioners  led the president on a tour of the NEC facilities before bidding her farewell.

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  1. The National Democratic Institute (NDI) led by former US Secretary of State Ambassador Johnnie Carson and former Foreign Minister of Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, recently requested NEC to “make the final voters roll available … to provide sufficient opportunity for voters to verify their status and check their details”.

    We recollect that NEC commissioner Jonathan Weedor, Writer and Journalist Mr. John W.T Stewart, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh and others had urged that the Voters’ Roll is cardinal to credible transparent general and presidential elections this year. That’s why we are jolted that EJS didn’t mention it in her commissioning of a new executive director of NEC, but instead claimed that Counselor Korkoya conducted by – elections before, meaning he can handle the challenges: Reminiscent of denial about Ebola, and the death toll.

    Publishing voters roll on time is best practice in democratic countries; there is no alternative to that.
    Perhaps, the political parties are content with the arrangement, we pray they wouldn’t raise confusion after the elections.

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