NEC Gets Tough, Threaten Complainants

By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas-0776219904/0886221453/thomaseldred2012@yahoo.com

Liberia’s Electoral Commission has threatened to dismiss cases pending before it, should complainants and respondents fail to appear before it for hearing.

The Chairman of the Commission,  Cllr. Jerome Korkoya speaking at a press conference Wednesday, August 23, 2017  in Monrovia at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission said the failure on the part complainants to appear before it is hindering the work of the Commission.

Stressing, “Failure on the part of that concern to appear before the commission will leave it with no alternative, but to dismiss such cases,”  the NEC chairman told journalists at the press conference.

The NEC Chair speaking further named some of those involved with pending cases as Youth United Against Electoral Violence versus Maxwell Grisby; Chester Garnue versus Daynah A. Zoe,and Othello Jerome versus Daniel Debois , others are Dweh Wilson versus Patrick Nyepan Kpannyen; Sampson Kloh Wilson , Kaysieh Smith, Chris Aloyosus Teah, Melvin P. Keleekai versus Coalition for Liberia’s Progress and Samwar S. Fallah versus J. Melvin Cole.

The NEC boss maintained that the commission is committed to respecting the due process and right of every citizen, noting in this regard that the body cited the respondents and complainants on numerous occasions, but they are yet to show up.

Cllr. Korkoya said the commission indicated that its efforts are being hindered by the failure of the parties to appear for hearing after they were cited.

He pointed out that the commission has made media publications calling on both parties to appear before it for hearing of their cases without any success, prompting the final warning to dismiss those cases.

Chairman Korkoyah also used the occasion to the announced the verification of sample ballot papers has begun.

He intimated that the verification is consistent with the commission’s tradition to ensure transparency and inclusiveness.

Cllr. Korkoyah added that representatives of political parties and independent candidates are invited to verify the layout of ballots for the 2017 elections.

According to him, one representative from each political party contesting the elections and independent candidates are requested to visit the Commission to verify the ballots.

He noted that the verification exercise will highlight the names of candidates and the emblem of the political parties and independent candidates that were submitted to the commission at the nomination center.

Chairman Korkoya emphasized that the exercise which commenced on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, will end on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

“The Political Affairs Section of the Commission will be open on the holiday to provide political parties and independent candidates the opportunity to verify the names of candidates endorsed to the commission and the emblems of their institutions, the NEC Chairman stated”.

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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.