NEC Commissioners Under Threats -Chairman Alleges

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has alarmed over reported threats on the lives of its commissioners.

NEC’s Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, at regular briefing on Wednesday, made the disclosure, warning the alleged doers to desist.

“The National Elections Commission would like to remind every Liberian citizen, political parties and their supporters to act with responsibility. There is no place in an election for threatening words or behaviour,” Korkoya warned.

He revealed that a direct threat to the commissioners by someone on social media has been reported to the authorities, adding that this type of behaviour is not acceptable.

Korkoya equally called on the media to reinforce their efforts to separate news and opinion in their reporting of the elections. “Unfounded claims are not helpful to the election process and the National Elections Commission calls on journalists to check facts before publication and if required contact our press department for information on an issue so the full story can be published,” he indicated.

Giving election updates, the NEC Chairman disclosed plans to have a recount of votes in Electoral District Number 8, Nimba County in respect to the House of Representatives elections. This, he said, is due to the fact that the difference in votes between the two leading candidates was only 19 and under the rules such difference triggers automatic recount.

At the same time, Korkoya noted that, so far, 56 election-related complaints have submitted to the National Elections Commission. Of these, he explained 54 were filed at magistrates’ offices. Thirty three of these cases have been concluded or have led to further appeals to the Board of Commissioners (BOC), he added.

According to him, hearing has commenced into the complaint of the All Liberian Party (ALP) challenging the conduct of the presidential elections.

Korkoya confirmed that on 23 October 2017, the Liberty Party also submitted a complaint to the Commission, seeking a re-run of the 10 October 2017 election and a suspension of the planned second round runoff election on 7 November 2017.

All these complaints, Korkoya averred,  are being handled according to due process and in a transparent and open manner by the magistrates and hearings office.

Meanwhile, the NEC Chairman said, presidential ballot papers for the runoff elections are expected to arrive in Liberia on October 28, 2017.