UNDP Liberia Elections Project Supports Rehabilitation of 12 NEC Magisterial Facilities

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Newly renovated Magisterial office

Magisterial offices for Election Magistrates now have fully fenced warehouses and generator rooms financed under UNDP Liberia’s Elections Basket Fund Project by the European Union, Canada, Sweden and Ireland.

The project supports the rehabilitation of 12 out of 19 magisterial facilities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) which includes installation of hand pumps in some areas.

The renovated structures and facilities, which are to be used for storing and securing elections materials, are being dedicated and handed over to the NEC.

Already, the structures in Kolahun, Voinjama, Kakata, Totota and Gbarnga have been officially turned over and similar engagement continues in the coming days in Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Nimba counties.

Speaking during the dedication in Kakata, the outgoing Chargé d’affaires of Ireland, Kate Brady, on behalf of the Basket Fund, stressed that securing election-related assets helps to bring value and viability to the credibility of the processes.

Ms. Brady praised the leadership role of the Elections Commission and the national government for taking ownership of elections in Liberia.

She also credited UNDP Liberia’s long-standing and invaluable partnership during the implementation of the elections project, which comes to a close shortly.

According to UNDP Liberia Resident Representative Pa-Lamin Beyai, the current project, “Support to Electoral Cycle, which started in 2015’’, after an extension, will finally end in the coming weeks.

Dr. Beyai says the on-going dedication of the 12 facilities is part of the closing activities. However, work has already started on the next phase of the project, which is envisaged to support Liberia from, 2020-2024, two upcoming electoral cycles.

He mentioned that successful Mid-Term Senatorial Elections and National Referendum are critical not only to further consolidate Liberia’s democracy but also to instill public trust in future elections.

“NEC cannot do it alone without the concerted efforts of all stakeholders—Government, Partners and the Liberian people,” Beyai noted.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through its Resident Representative, particularly praised and acknowledged the outstanding and long-standing partnership with NEC, Government of Liberia, traditional and bilateral Donors —Sweden, Ireland, EU, Canada, as well as former partners Japan and Germany, in consolidating Liberia’s democracy through credible and inclusive elections.

The UNDP Boss stressed that cost-effectiveness of the electoral process is critical and proper cataloguing and maintaining of assets is key to ensuring the sustainability of elections.

Dr. Beyai also encouraged the full participation of women in the elections process.

“We encourage Liberian Government, NEC, political parties and other electoral stakeholders to stand up to their commitment in ensuring that women are fully represented,” Beyai stressed.

According to the UNDP Boss, obstacles to the participation of women in the electoral process must be removed, and they are given sufficient space to assume leadership roles.

“I call upon Political Parties to ensure gender balance in the Primary elections and to nominate women leaders as their candidates,” he said.

Dr. Beyai’s comments were also buttressed by Ms. Brady who emphasized increased electoral support to women and marginalized groups.

At the same time, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, Davidetta Browne Lansanah, has expressed appreciation to donors of UNDP Liberia Elections Basket Fund — Ireland, European Union, Canada, Sweden as well as former partners Germany and Japan, for the overwhelming support the NEC has received over the years.

Madame Lansanah made the commendation during the dedication of warehouses, fences, generator rooms and hand-pumps at NEC Magisterial offices in Kakata, Totota and Gbarnga.

“What a transformation UNDP Elections Project has brought to our magisterial facilities. We are overwhelmingly grateful,” said the Commission’s Chairperson.

The NEC Chairperson described the support as a boost to the consolidation of Liberia’s democracy through inclusive, transparent, and credible elections. She stressed the importance of the upcoming voters’ registration process, especially for first-time voters.

The facilities that were officially turned over were gladly received and accepted by the various local leaderships. County Superintendents and Mayors lauded the support from partners; emphasizing that no longer will NEC personnel will be intimated or threatened during elections.

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  1. Hi Honorable Pa-Lamin Beyai, UNDP Liberia Resident Representative,

    I surmise you and your colleagues would have focused and spent significant amount of the donors’ money on reducing poverty, ignorance and disease (i.e., United Nations mandate to UNDP) if the chief executives of UNDP were interested in assisting citizens of poor countries to become independent, self-sufficient and emancipate from the economic system of exploitation.

    However, as an ally of profiteers, as implied by a writer, UNDP will continue to finance programs, including the programs reported by this newspaper, while the issue of ignorance, poverty and disease is put under the rug.

    The writer determined his conclusion that UNDP is not spending donors’ money on priority programs when he reviewed the UNDP 2017 financial statements.

    The writer asked many questions such as “How did the idea to reduce poverty, etc., by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) change onto profit-making (i.e., the idea to invest $4.7B of donors’ money into investment portfolios)? (See page # 159 of UNDP 2017 Financial Statements). Or why did UNDP pay $5M to 13 officers and pay generous salary and benefits to 600 employees, but then hired third parties to perform its key Program, the $4.3B Development Program? (See Page 149). More so, why did UNDP allocate a significant portion of the program ($2.0B) to individuals, but allocated a minuscule amount to companies? (See page # 153).

    Were these professional individuals or connected consultants? Did governments have a say in hiring consultants? Were some of these contractors urban landlords who usually inflate costs of housing leased to consultants? Sadly, why does the United Nations add 65% of the based salary to the original salary, resulting in excessive salary?

    “Let us look at an example: Personnel salary: Based Salary- $64,000 Plus (Post Adjustment $64,000 X 65% =$42,000)

    Total salary: $106,048- (Based salary $64,000 plus Post Adjustment $42,000). Fast forward to the idea of UNDP using donors’ funds to make profits. Is it prudent for UNDP to invest donors’ $4B in firms on Wall Street (i.e., the gambling industry) when healthcare centers lack medicine, equipment, materials, etc., schooled-aged children are not in school, income inequality is increasing, etc.?”

    “Certainly, it is a good idea, even for religious institutions, to invest idle cash and generate income. However, UNDP should not invest donations at the expense of fighting poverty, education, etc.”

    Read the entire article carried by the Persepective and FrontpageAfrica

  2. The next step is to install network cameras in each room of each of these facilities and make these camera operational ONLY during Elections and Ballot Counting season.

    Maybe I can help with that as a gift to the Liberian People.
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    Let me know when you’re ready.

    If you do not want to use me and you have the skill set, that is a GREAT business idea for YOU!!!

    At the end of the day, Liberians would benefit from my idea which promotes Free and Fair Elections.

    Cheers!

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