The recent postponement of Voters’ Roll Update by the National Elections Commission (NEC) is a “recipe for chaos” a civil society organization, Campaigners for Change, has alarmed.
Campaigners for Change is one of a handful of civil society organizations that championed the failed April 12, 2013 demonstration against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, Chairman of NEC, at the weekend announced that “The Commission is unable to follow the timeline which was drawn for the conduct of the VRU.”
The Commission named “delay in the passage of the 2013/2014 National Budget and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) regulations which have a trickle-down effect on all of our operations and programs” as factors responsible for the suspension.
However, in counter-argument to the Commission’s claim, Campaigners for Change’s national director, Vandalark Patricks, Tuesday, 14 January told a news conference in Monrovia that the action by the electoral body sets the stage for confusion and disorder in Liberia.r
He called NEC’s pronouncement a clever attempt to play games with the results of the Special Senatorial Elections leading to the certification of a selected few.
Patricks further warned postponing a critical component of the election process without announcing an alternative date for the start of the process shows the inability of the Commission to preside over electoral matters, and as such, “Chairman Korkoya who has the Unity Party DNA in him must resign to save the country from civil unrest.”
He maintained that tampering with this critical election in Liberia could mean that the country is on the path to war, something he said the nation is unwilling to experience at the moment.
“If you suspend a crucial part of the election process—without telling the Liberian people the new date—shows that the Commission has confirmed that there will be a series of irregularities during the election,” Patricks said.
Meanwhile, the local CSO called on President Johnson Sirleaf to quickly intervene in the ongoing situation affecting the University of Liberia.
Campaigners-for-Change believe that if the situation is not handled with caution, there’s a likelihood of it degenerating into a bigger problem that could affect national security.