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Chairman Korkoya stresses change in election timetable

By Jonathan Grigsby
Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya
Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya

(mylbsonlin.com/Liberia)-The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, has spoken of change in the time-table of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

Cllr. Korkoya said: “The change in the 2014 Special Election is due to the delay in the passage of the 2013 / 2014 National Budget.”

“The process leading to the 2014 Special Election has already been delayed for two months, due to lack of funding hampering NEC’s smooth operations,”  Cllr. Korkoya said.

He spoke Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in Monrovia at a meeting with members of the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) on the progress and challenges of the Commission relative to the pending election.

He said: “The US$15.2m is needed to conduct full scale voters’ roll update, voters’ education, field and headquarters operations, and material procurement, among others.”

Recently, NEC reported that the US$15.2m budget submitted to the Finance Ministry was reduced.

“Look, I told the public early last month, when I spoke to journalists, that the delay in the passage of the National Budget will definitely necessitate a dramatic shift in the entire process and that is what we are experiencing now,” Cllr. Korkoya emphasized.

For his part, ECC’s Chairman, Oscar Broh, pledged his entity’s commitment to working along with NEC for the conduct of a free, fair and transparent Special Election in 2014.

Mr. Broh added: “The 2014 Special Senatorial Election is very essential for all Liberians and needs to be held in accordance with the Elections Laws of Liberia.”

 


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