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Lack of proper civic education is the cause of electoral disputes-Nat’l Elections Com.

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NEC Chairman Cllr.Jerome Korkoyah
NEC Chairman Cllr.Jerome Korkoyah

MONRPVIA, LIBERIA-The National Elections Commission (NEC) has attributed electoral disputes to the lack of proper civic education for eligible and non-eligible electorates across the country.

NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoyah said:” Electoral processes are complicated events, despite the technical and financial support received to execute them.”

According to Cllr. Kokoryah, many concerns arising from elections could be settled peacefully, provided the parties involved understand the electoral processes.

The NEC Boss, however, said the current election laws of the Country are good, but underscored more education for the citizens to properly understand the workings of the electoral body.

In an interview with ELBC Friday, June 21, 2019, Cllr. Kokoryah said Liberia is still young in democratic elections compared to other countries in the sub-region.

Meanwhile, the NEC Chairman said the ongoing electoral reform consultation is aimed at getting the options of the citizens across the country.

Cllr. Kokoryah said the Commission had previously conducted post- elections conference in Ganta, Buchanan and Monrovia, aimed at improving the lapses from the 2017 General Elections.

Speaking to ELBC Friday, June 21, 2019, Cllr. Kokoryah stressed the importance of electoral reform, if the Commission must attain transparency and credibility during election processes void of unnecessary suspicion.

He maintained that the current electoral reform is not just about addressing issues from the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections, but also to improve the entire processes leading to the conduct of elections in the Country.


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