President Weah Nominates Two Women to Head NEC

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NEC Chairperson-designate, Davidetta Browne Lansanah

The President of Liberia and self-proclaimed “Feminist-in-Chief”, George Manneh Weah, has nominated two women to chair and co-chair the National Elections Commission (NEC).

At the helm of the electoral body, President Weah on Monday, June 15, nominated Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah and Cllr. Teplah Reeves as Chairperson and co-Chairperson, respectively.

Prior to her preferment, Mrs. Browne Lansanah was nominated, confirmed, appointed and commissioned co-chairperson of the Electoral Body. She was subsequently appointed Acting Chair of the Commission after the Liberian Leader withdrew the nomination of the then Chairman-designate, Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike.

The NEC Chairperson-designate will replace Cllr. Jerome Korkoryah whose tenure expired in March of this year.

According to her profile on the NEC website, Commissioner Browne-Lansanah hails from Maryland County. She holds double Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Liberia, as well as a Masters of Public Administration Degree in Public Sector Management at the Cuttington University Graduate School.  She is a veteran Broadcast Journalist and has worked at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Star Radio and the Talking Drum Studio. She worked for many years as National Communications Officer with the United Nations and as Associate Gender Officer with United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Cllr. Teplah Reeves, NEC Co-Chairperson-designate

Prior to her elevated nomination, Commissioner Browne Lansanah has had oversight responsibilities of the National Social Democratic Party of Liberia (NSDPL), Grassroot Democratic Party of Liberia (GDPL), Republican Party (RP), National Vision Party of Liberia (NATVIPOL), True Whig Party (TWP) and the Liberia National Union (LINU).  For programs, she exercises oversight of Gender, Civic/Voter Education and Public Information.

To replace the elevated Commissioner Browne-Lansanah, President Weah has nominated Cllr. Teplah Reeves, who will also serve a as Co-chairperson of NEC.

Cllr. Reeves is known to be a staunch supporter of the ruling party, the Congress for Demoratic Change.

Cllr. Reeves earned her first law degree at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, and later graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her LLM in Comparative Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business from the University of Liberia and an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Cllr. Reeves is a member of several professional bodies, including the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), as well as the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), of which she is president emeritus. She currently coordinates activities and operations of a professional legal group, “Women in Law and Development (Wildaf-Liberia)” and was appointed by President Weah to serve as acting Chairperson of  the Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commissions (PPCC), after the release of her predecessor, James Dobor Jallah.

Cllr. Reeves, is known to be a staunch member of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Coalition. She’s a member of the Party’s Gold Club — a prestigious and professional group of people within the CDC. The Gold Club is the first non-electoral Auxiliary of the party founded in 2013.

The nominations, made on Monday, 15 June, 2020, are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate where applicable.

Integrity before Gender

To have such a combination, where two women were nominated to the helm of Liberia’s national electoral body, Lansanah’s and Reeves’ nominations may be the first in recent memory. In the past, former Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Frances Johnson Morris (now Allison) served as chairperson of the NEC and presided over the historic 2005 presidential and general elections in which the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia, the country’s and the continent’s first female democratically elected president. Nominated to the post by Transitional Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant, Cllr. Johnson Morris [Allison] may have been the first woman to be Chair-proper of the NEC.

Now the NEC has a total of four commissioners who are women — the other two being Cllr. Jeanette A. Ebba-Davidson and Josephine Kou Gaye — and one male commissioner, Floyd Sayor.

“To be Chair of the NEC is a very sensitive position,” Cllr. Allison told the Daily Observer in a brief telephone interview. “Regardless of whether it is a man or woman, the nominee has to be a person of integrity and independent-minded, someone who cannot be swayed easily.”

Ruling Party’s Interest?

The 2017 Representative and Presidential Elections, which ushered the George Weah administration to power, was characterized by long, drawn-out litigations due to suspected electoral fraud and irregularities. This was followed by the attempt of President Weah to install as NEC chairman a Nigerian citizen who faked his Liberian naturalization papers, opposition leaders and sympathizers are convinced that the the President’s appointments at the NEC aim to protect the ruling party’s interest in the coming elections.

During the Senate confirmation hearings over the nomination of Nwabudike, one of two other commissioners-designate were approved — Floyd Sayor, who was in charge of the NEC data center and the controversial voters roll, which the Supreme Court ordered to be cleaned up, though there is no evidence that the order was acted upon.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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    • All the noise these CDC haters are making are mere careless rants. Is it not a fact that CDC has always won elections in Liberia from 2005, but has always been cheated?

      Even before and during the recent presidential and legislative elections, the elite was anxiously ready to cheat CDC! The only thing which made their plot impossible was because that corrupt, uncivilized, old and ugly Joseph Boakai and Ellen were not on speaking terms.

      SO Ellen refused to listen to thieves as Conmanny Wesseh, the elite, and the rest of the Unity Party gang to rig the election and swap CDC victorious votes count with corrupt Boakai and his Unity Party.

      So those who believe that in as much as President Weah is not expected to appoint the likes of Emmanuel Shaw, Charles Bright, Archiebald Bernard, Morlu Molubah, Dortu-Sebo Doe, Saah Joseph, Amb. Dee Kemayah, he President Weah should do the politically and or constitutionally very stupid thing by appointing the likes of CDCŚ HATERS as Kabineh Janeh, stooges and foot soldiers of Joseph Boakai, etc. etc.?

      Or Dr. Weah should appoint CDCŚ HATERS as Isaac Jackson, Tiawen Gongloe, Francess Johnson, or Lewis Browne who as Liberiaś Ambassador to the UN, instead of promoting the political, cultural, security, and national interest objectives of Liberia while at the UN, wickedly and foolishly chose to undermine Liberiaś national security, and national interests, objectives after he was retained and appointed by Dr. George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia?

      No, Dr. Weah is too intelligent to be associated with any such constitutionally insane or politically very stupid thought, decision or action; by appointing the likes of Francess Johnson, James Fromoyan, etc. etc or the likes of Lewis Browne who is on public international record of undermining Liberiaś national security, and national interests, objectives!!

      And that is why Dr. Weah appointed people who were already serving at NEC!!! And not what the Nobel Laurate Leemah Gbowee proposed that “President Weah should appoint political stalwarts of the CDC at the NEC”!!! DAMMIT!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

      “Is there no one qualified within the Coalition for Democratic Change or the country as a whole that can adequately handle the affairs of elections?” Leemah Gbowee

  1. THANK YOU PRESIDENT GEORGE M.WEAH OF LIBERIA FOR HIS LIFE AND TO BE BLESS OVER IT OPPOSITION LEADER AND PRESIDENT GEORGE M.WEAH FOR HIS CHANGED LIFE IN LIBERIA NOW FOR YOU TO APPOINTMENTS LANSANAH AND REEVES .
    TO GOD BEING GLORIFY AMEN.

  2. Thank you but no thanks Mr. George Weah for appointing Davidetta Browne Lasanna as elections commission chairman. For one thing she has been one of your multiple intimate females in your philandering career. Second, our Liberian women are a disgrace to society when it comes to leadership. Women leadership in Liberia is devilishly a nightmare. You can’t trust them with any civil responsibility.

    There are few enterprising roguish career women who stole and are stealing more than men in our society: Judge Cianneh Johnson, Judge Eva Mappie Morgan, Francis Johnson Morris, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and scores of women who would steal, kill, and do anything to compromise the integrity of womanhood in our society.

    So, appointing Davetta is just another attempt at window dressing, signifying that women can do better or are honest. Mr. President, not Liberian women. They are as corrupt as their Liberian men. Mark my word: Davidetta will sign on any fraudulent result that will declare you,George Weah, as president in 2023.

  3. A male and a female. Either one 1st or 2nd would have been the best selection. But nevertheless, just hope the guys will not try to pull the ladies around for their own gain. Peace to mama Liberia. And hope the Elections this year and 2023 goes well in Jesus name. And We be able to elect the best for Liberia.
    God blessed mama Liberia.

  4. So, FrontPageAfrica,the self-proclaimed “leading investigative newspaper,” IN ORDER TO INCREASE ITS SALE OF PAPERS, was as usual, in its DISINFORMATION (false information which is intended to mislead), simply manufacturing stories about “President Weah closing in on appointing Solicitor General Syrenius Cephus or Grand Kru Representative Cllr. Jonathan Kofa, as Chairman of the NEC.

  5. Neal, I strongly disagree with you for such a sweeping statement that Liberian women cannot be trusted in civil positions. We all are humans and let everyone be judged by the content of his or her character and not by the sex or class. You are totally wrong by branding all Liberian women like that.

  6. Wellington, I am not seeking your agreement with my opinion. I clearly understand the controversy my opinion invokes. It may sound misogynistic, but the truth in my opinion is as crystal as daylights.

    Most of us make pontifications on experience we endured as optimists. I longed the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf whom I thought was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience. I was wrong!

    In hindsight: Ellen, before her presidency, was financially broke and impoverished like an average street peddler. But like Weah, she was on the mission! She had a mission to steal and amass wealth for her family. And she succeeded big time! Today, She boasts that she did not build a single house in Liberia during her presidency while mocking President Weah for doing so.

    But the truth is she and her children have multiple homes abroad in their names. To them, Liberia was not a place worth to build or buy their dream homes. Ellen and her children have homes in Georgia, Silverspring Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Accra Ghana, Johannesburg, etc.

    She left the presidency a filthy rich woman, nearly 3 billion dollars worth. Her sons subtly shared power with her amassing millions in state funds.

    Under Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s regime, Liberia receives the largest foreign capital inflows than any country in sub-Saharan Africa and the largest recipient of international aid since the founding of Liberia. The country trafficked nearly 12 Billions in 12 years of Ellen rule through foreign aid, investment, and transactions. She had the goodwill to redirect funding for development and redevelopment but she chose to direct those funds to support her line items recurrent budget while siphoning the rest much to the detriment of the country.

    Another Liberian woman: Judge Cianneh Johnson took thousands of dollar from Maria Luyken to deny justice to hundred of women whose children were trafficked out of Liberia. Another Liberian woman: Eva Mappie Morgan stole thousands of dollar from an account she froze belonging to a business man Amos Brosius.

    Other scores of Liberian women rouges: living or dead– Francis Johnson Morris a cousin of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Juanita E. Neal, Fatu Gittens White, Elfreda Tamba, to name just a few.

    So, in essence, whether you agree with me or not, the characters of these women are no different from their male counterparts. All over the world, women are seen as trustworthy with absolute moral comportment when it comes to the issue of financial probity and proper stewardship. Unfortunately, Liberian women are not; they are worse than their male counterparts—You want to doubt me, look no further than the 12-year leadership of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf–The master rogue in chief!

    • Are you using a hand full of women to judge an entire gender? Who then do you suggest we give power too because according to you Liberian women are taking after the corrupt life style of their male counterparts.

      • Fatutaytayea, even while members of the opposition (eg. Petarus Dolo, etc. etc) are applauding the president for making such NEUTAL, FAIR, DEMOCRATIC, LEGITIMATE, AND JUST NEC APPOINTMENTS; and since Leemah Gbowee proposed that “President George Manneh Weah should appoint a member of the CDC as Head of the NEC instead of a naturalized Liberian (Nwabudike),” I think Jackson Neal must be suggesting that the president should have appointed the likes of Mulbah Morlu, Cllr. Archiebald Bernard, Dr. Emmanuel Shaw, Ambassador Cyril Allen, Dortu Seeboe Doe, or Eugene Nagbe to head the NEC.

  7. “Most of us make pontifications on experience we endured as optimists. I longed the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf whom I thought was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience. I was wrong!” Jackson Neal

    Jackson, your assertion above is as honest, accurate, and true, as the fact that we live forever on an eternal journey of evolution through experience and we are all responsible for our actions in this physical life or a future one, despite the fact, at the Second Synod Council of Constantinople under the influence of Emperor Justinian in 553 AD outlawed the belief in reincarnation or the pre-existence of the soul

    Jackson, your assertion supra is indeed true and correct as intelligent people know that US Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, Hilary Clinton, and John Kerry WERE DELIBERATELY LYING when each of them said “the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over as the USA does not recognize not care for the SPHERES OF INFLUENCE.”

    If they were saying the truth, why would the very USA recently plan to overthrow Venezuelaś President Nicolas Maduro, and have him abducted and bundled to America to give power to the self proclaimed opposition leader of Venezuela Juan Guaido?

    Mr. Neal, from all extrapolations, it is clear you were not a kid when you were of the conviction and “thought that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience”.

    So my question to you is that: how could you have so much been convinced about the “angelic” personality of EJS (simply based on her experience); when you already had all these intelligence on the psychology of Liberian women; especially when Ellen, a politician. was simply and obviously (as ALL POLITICIANS DO) simply masking her selfish desires behind the rhetoric of public service and ideological conviction?

    Neal, was your conviction (in spite of your knowledge about the psychology of Liberian women) about Ellen been the best prepared based on her experience, driven by material conditions, interests, and or ideas; since like the structure of any social system, the preferences and perceptions of people are based on material conditions, interests, and or ideas, from a prism of political psychology or personality psychology??

    Lastly, Mr. Neal, would you have preferred President Weah appointing as NECŚ Head Emmanuel Shaw or Dortu Sebo Doe instead of those women he Pres. Weah recently appointed; despite the fact your conviction of Ellen you longed the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf whom you thought was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience?

    WHY not the same measure on your part with those women taking in account their “been better prepared” in terms of experience in national electoral affairs?

    Mr. Neal, we advance these assertions based on the fact that from all extrapolations, it is clear you were not a kid when you “thought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience”; and you of course, had this vast knowledge and experience of the psychology of Liberian women.

  8. Interesting question, Mr True Nationalist! I am not a physiologist and don’t have to be one to postulate an educated opinion based on empirical experience. Living the experience of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ultimately led me to finally conclude that there is nothing left of our women anymore when it comes propriety.

    Before Ellen, some of us still had hope of a recrudescence foresighted Liberian women leadership to rescue a country in remission of civil and selfless leadership.

    Ellen took over and brought most of the so-called educated women to the shores of political power. What they ended up doing? They all joined the stealing enterprise and robbed the country of its vital liquid resources, resources that should have gone for development.

    Today, we still have a vestige of those women entrenched in all strata of society, notably the judiciary where they are spewing their corrupt venoms on the daily basis. There is no actual day light between Liberian men and their women counterparts when it comes to corruption.

    Why I am picking at the women, you might ask? They are thought of being honest and principled. But ours are a curse on the country.

    • Mr. Jackson Neal, in as much I cannot concur to or with your conclusion that: “our women are a curse on the country”, nonetheless, we must appreciate your position that:

      “Living the experience of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ultimately led me to finally conclude that there is nothing left of our women anymore when it comes propriety.” You got a very solid and great point!

      But that besides, Mr. Jackson Neal, how do you balance your conclusion and your position here; taking into account the fact that the international and diplomatic communities hold Liberian women in so high an esteem that Liberiaś former Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh was recently appointed as Deputy Manging Director of the IMF?

      Or the very Ellen who was Under Secretary General of the United Nations? Or Olu-Banke KIng Akerele who served the UN many years?

  9. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, you guys should leave our mothers, sweethearts and sisters alone, yeah!

    How do you expect me to nicely cook the food and then serve the best part of it to your uncle or aunty or children and expect me to be happy to eat the crust?
    If you treat me like that, I make sure to serve myself first even before dishing the food to serve you.

    Vote morally clean administration and see if our mothers, sweethearts and sisters can do what you are accusing them of.
    Stop your rudeness on honorable women!

  10. Mr True Nationalist, I am glad we are fundamentally holding some premises of this argument to be true about our women–that Ellen left an indelible leadership stigma on the Liberia women community–Just as Samuel Doe and his PRC left an indelible stigma on the AFL, the Liberian army.

    Understandably, our conclusion seems to defer on one thing: …That I should not syllogistically place all Liberian women in the same basket as being corrupt–to you that sounds logically faulty in matters of reasoning.

    You raised a great point about Antoinette Sayeh, Bakolee King, ect. In the international systems where some of our women have worked, they have always followed the rules, applying all of the skills and principles of propriety but when they are given position of trust in Liberia, they simply run like a wild geese.

    They tend to follow the path of their male counterparts in that corrupt enterprising miasma .They steal and do anything at will. I continue to yield to a popular conclusion: They are more corrupt than their male counterparts.

    Our women have no morals when it comes to financial propriety. Even Mary Broh–the so-called heralded honest and disciplined or maverick woman as rumored in our society has a home bought in New York and one build at home and Ghana with tax payers money–all swindled during the regime of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

  11. Mr. Jackson Neal, we wouldn´t prefer to think or say your blanket indictment of Liberian women “sounds logically faulty in matters of reasoning.”

    We would rather argue that such indictment is unrealistic “in matters of reasoning.” This is inter alia why we dare not be prejudicial or stereotypical against the two appointed female commissioners of the NEC.

    For of course, unlike women as Associate Justices Jamesetta Wolokolie and Siene Yuoh, Francess Johnson Allison, Olu-Banke King Akerele, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, etc. etc. who are on public records of been as corrupt as ANY corrupt individual, Davidetta and Teeplah are not (to my knowledge), known to be corrupt.

    Hence, as a matter of principle, it would be extremely stereotypical, prejudicial, unfair and unjust on my part to start condemning them before been convinced through their modus vivendi and or modus operandi at the NEC in the months and years ahead.

    This is one of the reasons why we would rather argue that while such indictment may not necessarily be “faulty” such blanket indictment is (in our opinion), indeed unrealistic “in matters of reasoning.”

    And this brings me to one key question I would like to ask you, Mr. Jackson Neal: WHY do you think “In the international systems where some of our women have worked, they have always followed the rules, applying all of the skills and principles of propriety but when they are given position of trust in Liberia, they simply run like a wild gees following the path of their male counterparts in that corrupt enterprising miasma”?????

    Jackson, I now see why you in the past you believed “Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was better prepared to lead Liberia based on her experience” especially her UN experience. And you were not alone with such conviction! But for me, True Nationalist, I condemned Ellen just as I condemned her UN colleague Tejan Kabba, and of course the other rascal there in Ivory Coast Alasan Ouattara!

    And this is because if people knew actually what goes on behind the scenes at that covern called the UN, you would not be “talking about” UN workers abiding rules, and applying all of the skills and principles of propriety.”

    That so called international system (eg. UN, IMF, World Bank, etc. etc.) is the most corrupt training ground for politicians to rob the poor and humanity in toto!

    This is why Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tejan Kabba, and Alasan Ouattara WHILE AT THE UN, were able to easily mortgage their respective countries and buy weapons to seize power at all cost through war and bloodbath!

    So, it is not because of any rules or principles of propriety at the UN. The UN is too damn corrupt! And this is why after Ellen returned from that corrupt training ground, I foresaw what you have now realized about Ellen – an experience which “has ultimately led you to finally strike such blanket indictment.

    But as I have stated above, as a matter of principle, it would be extremely stereotypical, prejudicial, unfair and unjust on my part to start condemning the newly appointed NEC nominees before been convinced through their modus vivendi and or modus operandi at the NEC in the months and years ahead.

    Hence, in as much as we would´t prefer to think or say your blanket indictment of Liberian women “sounds logically faulty in matters of reasoning”, we would rather argue that such indictment is unrealistic “in matters of reasoning.” This is inter alia why we dare not be prejudicial or stereotypical against the two appointed female commissioners of the NEC at this juncture.

  12. Thank you President Dr. Weah for your preferment and congratulations to the Nominees. Wish both of you a successful confirmation hearing.

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