Despite his repeated denial in the media of holding a U.S. citizenship, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya is once again under serious scrutiny based on a recent utterance featured in a local daily by Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh that the Chairman of the NEC is a holder of a U.S. citizenship.
This statement on the part of Dr. Tipoteh, the founding Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has once again reawaken this contentious issue of the NEC Chairman’s citizenship, and also seems to worry Liberian electorates and dozens of contestants for political powers come October 10, 2017, th date set aside for Liberia’s parliamentary and presidential elections.
Even though the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome G. Korkoya, has affirmed that he is a Liberian citizen and denied bearing two passports, noting that this clarification is necessary as several individuals have vowed to use this issue in bringing his credibility to questionable state, stressing that this smear campaign is false, misleading and an attempt to distract the commission from carrying out its constitutional mandate of conducting free, fair and transparent elections.
Speaking to journalists last week, the NEC Chairman assured the public that the NEC is committed to ensuring that electoral democracy under his watch is protected, and further assured the people of Liberia and all stakeholders and partners of its commitment to scrupulously uphold the Constitution, elections and other statutory laws, including the Code of Conduct, and called on the public to support the NEC achieve its mandate of conducting credible elections in 2017.