You’re Not Certificated, But Rather You Have Received ‘Letter Of Intent’ – NEC Official Clarifies
Addressing journalists in the Port City of Buchanan at the start of a 3-day media gathering to review and adopt media code of conduct for elections reporting during the October 10, 2023 elections, Deputy Executive Director at National Elections Commission, Atty. Nathan Garbie has clarified that the presentation of ‘Letter of Intent’ to aspirants by NEC should not be considered as certificates.
Noting that no aspirant has yet been certificated to contest the October 10 General Elections, contrary to impression being created by some individuals who participated in the just-ended Candidate Nomination Process.
Also speaking on the issue during the Inter-Political Parties Consultative Committee (IPCC) on Friday, 14, July Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah said the document being displayed by some aspirants on social media and other networks to create the impression that they have been qualified and certificated as candidates to contest the elections, only confirms that they have returned their packages to the nomination committee and they are waiting for final screening before being qualified to contest in the elections.
“You cannot be governments in waiting and lie to the Liberian people. The documents being displayed are just receipts with the photo, date of birth, logo of the aspirant, indicating that all of the information given to the commission are correct. Yet that person is not a candidate and has not been qualified to contest any elections,” She emphasized.
Mrs. Browne Lansanah reminded that the candidate nomination process has several steps that an aspirant must submit to before a determination of qualification is made. She explained that following the determination, a preliminary list of qualified candidates is released, to be followed by the final list of candidates which will be published for public viewing.