MONROVIA, LIBERIA – One of two fore runners for the position of Chairperson in the just ended National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL)’s elections said the electoral process lacked transparency, fair play and should be considered as violations.
The Executive Director of Rights Alert International, Emma Boldoe, said: “The NCSCL Adhoc and Elections Committee should see reason to conduct full scale investigations into these irregularities leading to the violations of the some civil society voters’ rights including denial among others that mar the election process in Gbarnga elections”.
According to Madam Boldoe, until otherwise all formalities including inaugurations must be halted until the five points complaint raised can be addressed by stakeholders including the Adhoc and Elections Committee.
Madam Boldoe, speaking to journalists Friday, December 201, 2019 said she has done due diligence and therefore requesting for a re-run of the elections.
According to her, copies of her complaints has being sent to several partners of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia including the National Elections Commission, the European Union, the Independent Commission on National Human Rights(INCHR) and the ECOWAS among other.
The two female constants for the post, Emma Boldoe accumulated the total votes of 43, while her counter Loretta Popekai, of the Foundation for Community Initiatives, got 47 votes at the Civil Society Council of Liberia elections which subsequently took place at the General Assembly held December 12-13, 2019 in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The five point complaint which is filed with the Adhoc and Elections Committee of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, headed by the Head of the United Nations Peace Building Office (PBO), Edward Mulubah, according to Madam Boldoe, they also failed to clean up the voters rolls to qualify voters, and that there were no national observers present.
Among other concerns, she said the committee played dual role by being a referee and at the same time a player in the elections, while also Sinoe County was not represent in the General Assemble and the subsequent elections.
The Adhoc and Elections Committee chairman, Mulubah, when contacted has denied all allegations levelled against his committee and said the committee is opened for dialogue for peaceful settlement.
Mr. Mulbnah said:” I cannot rule out any aspects of her complaints as efforts and attempts are being made to have a settlement of the concern raised to enable the two individuals work together in the spirit of a vibrant Civil Society”.
The United Nations Peace Building Office Boss, said while they are willing to have the situation settle by giving ears to all they will not allow false alarm of any foul play which did not take place.