NEC Must be Heartened, Despite Of Challenges

NEC Chairman, Jerome Korkoya

Liberians from all walks of life are eagerly anticipative for the much talked about 2017 general and presidential elections, beginning with the ongoing voter registration exercise which is expected to end on March 7, 2017, with this, Liberians should now understand that it is indeed important to be a part of this process; making sure that they should be involved in utilizing the opportunity to register and vote for the successor of Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Despite of all of these numerous challenges being faced by the National Elections Commission (NEC); from voter-trucking to the lack of logistics, this Commission with the high level of experience professionals, it is optimistic that the pending 2017 general and presidential elections will be void of ‘misdeed’ but rather ensuring all Liberians of a free and fair elections process come October10, 2017.

Let it be noted that this institution is doing extremely doing well; despite of the little resources it is trying to management from its international partners and the Liberian Government with the mandate to freely, fairly and transparently conduct the 2017 elections.

It must also be noted and appreciated by all well meaning Liberians at this crucial period of Liberia’s electoral history that the professional staff including the Board of Commissioners and Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) are doing all in their powers to ensure that the next President of Liberia come October 10, 2017 is usher in peacefully base on the will of the majority at the poll.

With the support from some notable international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the successful conduct of Liberia’s elections, Liberians must not be carried away by detractors via Electronic and Print Media, who have resolved to launch negative propaganda against the altruistic services of the NEC, but rather should see reason for the successful conduct of the upcoming elections.

After realizing some of the challenges being encountered during the VR exercises around the Country, it has been observed that the National Elections Commission (NEC) in a short period of time has put in place a vigorous step aimed at strengthening the work of those who have been engaged in the Voter Registration exercise, creating more confidence in the process.

Already, several arrests have been made by Liberian law enforcement officers including the Liberia National Police of those who have engage in acts that are hazardous to the process with their intent to derail the transparency being employed by the NEC.

From a comprehensive survey conducted over the past weeks by our staff to establish the fact on numerous allegations leveled against this electoral body by detractors, it was publicly observed that these allegations were groundless and had no iota truth in them, but were all intended to satisfy their guts by bringing the NEC and its leadership to public ridicule.

According to information gathered, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has been appraised internationally for its professional services in the conduct of elections over the years, and is also on record globally those professional services it has over the years rendered to the people of Liberia during successive elections.

The holding of free, fair and transparent elections in Liberia through the watchful eyes of the Liberia national electoral body, will be a reality at the end of the tuner, especially with the level of highly trained, committed Board of Commissioners including its Chairman who are firmly seated to perform their jobs transparently.

This publication should be a warning to those detractors who are bent of perpetrating lies against this reputable institution, and are also finding pleasure castigating its works should be noted that the Liberian people and the international community have placed explicit confidence in the Jerome Korkoya’s leadership.

So if you are one of those detractors working hard to brining the NEC to public mockery, be aware that the Liberian people are independently watching with eagle eyes the performances of those at the NEC.

Written by: Joel C. Brooks

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.