The House Committee Chairman on Elections and Inauguration, Gabriel Smith, says the security of Liberia depends on how the National Elections Commission (NEC) conducts the 2017 general and presidential elections.
“The security of the state is rooted in how the elections commission manages the electoral process and this is why I get jittery when I hear the commission crying for funding,” Chairman Smith indicated,
He made the statement at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between registered political parties and NEC held Friday at its headquarters in Sinkor.
“If we will ever fund any institution in this country, in my view, the NEC should be the first and foremost,” Smith emphasized.
According to him, Friday’s signing of the MOU expresses the democratic will that Liberians are determined to ensure that peace and stability is maintained in the country.
He described as “a major beginning” of Liberia’s peace process the commission’s wisdom demonstrated to bring all 20 registered political parties together to carve views that each of them is committed to respect and enforce.
“I salute and challenge you as political actors of our country to go beyond this signature that each of you have affixed to this document, that you will remain committed to our respective political institutions and educate members on the rules you just signed,” Smith stressed.
He also called on the NEC to ensure wider publicity of the MOU through its civic voter education program as a means of keeping Liberians aware of the rule of the game to prevent breach or violation thereof.