As Liberia Electoral Process Drags, Muslim, Christian Clerics Opt For NEC Chairman Removal

Dr. Olu Menjay, President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention

As uncertainty looms over the November 8, 2017 run-off election in Liberia, and the  reported discovering of massive frauds and irregularities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) during the October 10, general and presidential elections, the removal of the Chairman of the NEC has become the target of discussion as two religious leaders are demanding his removal.

The two leaders from both the Islamic and Christian religious groups in their separate statements with the same tune, said their recommendations for the removal of Cllr. Jerome Korkoya as Chairman of the electoral body is to help bring about peace during these elections, and for Liberians to choose who they want to be their leaders.

Dr. Olu Menjay, President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, adding his voice to the removal of the NEC chair said his removal is necessary in order to bring relief to the Liberian people who are opting for a free, fair and transparent elections.

Currently the Commission is marred with ‘uncountable’ irregularities which led to a stay orders by the Supreme Court of Liberia after a complaint was filed by one of the aggrieved political parties seeking a redress from the nation’s highest court, as the presidential candidate Charles Brumskine claims fraud and irregularities at NEC.

The runoff between former international footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the governing Unity Party was originally set for November 7.

But Liberty Party candidate Charles Brumskine, who came third in the first round on October 10, claims fraud and irregularities tainted the results, leading the Supreme Court to put a temporary stay on preparations.

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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.