National Elections Commission Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah has characterized as false and misleading accusations levied against the institution.
It was recently reported by some members of the opposition community that the commission in association with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change was issuing voter’s registration cards beyond the June 27 deadline.
Said cards were allegedly issued to selected trucked CDcians with a focus to manipulate the electoral process.
Addressing a news conference at the headquarters of NEC, Cllr. Korkoya categorically denied the allegations stating that the story has absolutely no basis.
“The statement is false and it is a dangerous attempt to undermine the electoral process and expose the commission to disrepute”, says NEC boss.
“No new voter card was added during the stipulated period of the replacement process”, says Mr. Korkoyah. However, Cllr. Korkoya said the commission refused to issue replacement of VR Cards to people who trooped in beyond the due date.
NEC is quoted as saying, “the initial deadline for replacement of voting cards was on June 25. However, due to government’s intervention to shoulder the cost of reproducing missing and damaged voting cards as per law, the Commission added a two-day’s grace period which lasted from June 26-27, 2019.
The replacement of exclusively lost or damaged VR Cards is enshrined in section 3.5 of the new election law of Liberia. Section 3.5 of the election law states, “in the event of loss or destruction of registration card, and after prove has been established, the registrar shall issue a new card for a minimum fee of $5.00 USD to be paid in the internal revenue”.
The National Elections Commission challenged stake holders and Politicians to desist from acts that will undermine the Country’s fragile democracy and unnecessarily instigate chaos in the Society.
He said the NEC remains committed to being transparent and accountable to the Liberian people in the execution of its constitutional mandate to conduct free, fair and transparent elections at all times.
In a related development, Cllr. Korkoya has announced the continuation of campaign activities until the pronouncement of a new date for the Montserrado County by-elections.