Several political parties have come in strong defense of the National Elections Commission (NEC) boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya amidst calls for his resignation from the commission over doubt about his nationality.
The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Victory for Change Party (VCP) and the Union of Liberia Democrats (ULD) have termed calls for the resignation of Cllr. Korkoya has ill-advised, untimely and counterproductive.
It can be recalled that some individuals under the banner of civil society has in recent time been calling for the resignation of chairman Korkoya over his nationality for being an American citizen which constitutes dual citizenship, something the constitution of Liberia speaks against.
“The following political parties, being seized of the obligation to continually support and advocate for a peaceful and credible conduct of the 2017 general and presidential elections, henceforth calls the resignation of the current NEC chairman as untimely, counterproductive and ill-advised,” Morlu speaking on behalf of the political parties stressed.
Addressing a news conference Monday, April 17, 2017 in Monrovia, CDC vice chairman for mobilization, Mulbah Morlu said the leaderships of the these political parties expressed an undaunted resolution to remaining as viable partners in fostering a sustainable implementation of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections in the country.
Morlu asserted that he NEC under Cllr. Korkoya with help from its international partners, has made some recognizable progress in the pursuit of its constitutional duty, thus, the NEC has already presided over several crucial steps that has graduated to the upcoming elections to a half-way mechanism.
“Acknowledging the efforts of the current administration of the National Elections Commission and its international partners in the pursuit of this constitutional duty, though additional efforts would be expected in strengthening the commission’s technical, logistical and personnel infrastructure and taking into account recognizable progress of the current elections timetable under the Jerome Korkoya chaired commission,” CDC Morlu maintained.
The CDC vice chair indicated that the calls are detrimental to the democratic stability of the country, adding it would prove disruptive for the implementation timeline of the commission owing to what he considered as the huge void that would be left to fill few months to elections.
Morlu continued that though he respects the fundamental rights of those making the calls, they are not only concern about the demands for provable facts under the circumstances, but believe that the objective of the campaigners is being undermined by the Korkoya-led commission’s successful conduct of the several past elections, including the just ended 2014 senatorial and other bye-elections.
“Hence, in our opinion, arguing against the legitimacy of Cllr. Korkoya as chairman of the commission is tantamount to an attempting de-legitimization of the fifteen Senators and several lawmakers elected under his gavel as chairman,” Morlu noted.
Meanwhile, the political parties are not confirming nor disputing the claims made by those calling for the resignation of Chairman Korkoya, but are suggesting that those who are making these claims go to court and stop what they termed as smear campaign against the NEC boss.