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GoL, EU, UNDP Sign Election Financing Agreement

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(elbcradio.com/Sept. 22, 2015)-The Government of Liberia (GoL), the European Union (EU) and U.N. Development Program (UNDP) have
signed an Election Financing Agreement (EFA).

The three institutions signed the agreement Monday, September 21, 2015 in Monrovia.

Under the agreement, GoL will receive a grant of €10-million from the EU and a grant of US$1-million from UNDP in support of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in Liberia.

The signing grants’ signing ceremony was held at the National Election Commission (NEC) in Sinkor, suburbs of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia. 

Making remarks at the ceremony, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, praised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her continued commitment to the democratic process that has won for Liberia the level of support it continues to receive.

“We can say without doubt that the electoral cycles our country has undergone during the Sirleaf administration have been spirited and peaceful,” Minister Konneh said.

He also said: “This is so, because of our President’s commitment to the free and fair exercise of the rights of each Liberian.“

The Liberian Finance and Development Planning Minister also praised the NEC for increasingly improving election processes in the country.

He further commended the President for demonstrating high commitment to protecting the nation’s fragile peace and democracy, adding: “The NEC started maturing beginning 2011.”

Minister Konneh noted: “Had Liberia not conducted the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, the country could have been engulfed in a constitutional crisis that could have led to a call for an interim government.”

He then lauded the EU and UNDP for always being there for Liberia, and called on others to emulate the two international partners.

“We still need more money to fund the 2017 presidential and legislative elections and the 2016 referendum,’ he also noted.

In remarks earlier, NEC Executive Director, Lamin Lighe, said the support could not have come at a better time than now.

Mr. Lighe said the support is timely now that the commission is preparing for the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections and a possible referendum in 2016.

Meanwhile, the EU Delegation Head in Liberia, Tiina Intelmann, and the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Liberia, Antonio Vigilante, have pledged their continuous commitment to support Liberia.

The 2017 Presidential and legislative elections will witness the peaceful transfer of power from a sitting president to an elected one, last witnessed in the country in 1944.

 


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