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Governing Party questions Prez., NEC credibility- Prez. reacts

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the NEC Boss Jerome Kokoya and co- officer
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the NEC Boss Jerome Kokoya and co- officer

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Three collaborating political parties are questioning the credibility of the National Elections Commission (NCE) in conducting a free, fair and transparent elections in Liberia.

The governing Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP) and the All Liberian Party (ALP), in a joint statement issued Sunday, October, 29, 2017 and read by UP Chairman, Wilmot Paye, in Sinkor, at the party Headquarters outside Monrovia, cited increasing reports of alleged irregularities in the October 10, Presidential and Representative Elections.

According to the statement, the discovery of a voter registration center at the home of Amos Seeboe, a staff in the office of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is worrisome and of concern.

The Executive Mansion has therefore, reacted sharply, describing the allegation against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as baseless.
The political parties, as part of their claims, also spoke on a recent meeting allegedly organized with President Sirleaf and the commissioners of the NEC as unprecedented.

Chairman Paye said: “These developments are healthy and could undermine the outcome of the November 7, Run-Off Elections”.

The NEC Communications Director, Henry Flomo, said: “The Commission did not follow the statement and would henceforth respond appropriately”.

In his Executive reaction, the Presidential Press Secretary, Jerelimick Piah, said: “the statements of allegation by the three parties are intended to undermine the democratic process of Liberia”.

Mr. Piah further clarified that, “There has not been any interference with the October 10 National Elections, the meeting with the NEC officials was in line with the President’s constitutional mandate to ensure that the electoral process was supported”.

The Presidential Press Secretary further said: “The meeting was held but with international partners in attendance”. 

He then reminded political parties to uphold the Farmington River Declaration in seeking redress to related elections’ dispute.


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