The Swedish Embassy through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 donated ICT equipment to the National Elections Commission Data Center.

Presenting the items, UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai, congratulated the acting chairperson appointed to NEC, Madam Davidetta Browne-Lansanah on her appointment.

He said, ICT is very important in the world, especially during elections period. He stressed, that such technologies are very essential in record keeping for transparency.

Dr. Beyai added that, with the upcoming senatorial elections, he hopes the equipment will be used properly and for future elections.

For her part, the Acting Chairperson of NEC, Davidetta Browne-Lansanah, thanked the UNDP for the gesture and their continued support to the National Elections Commission; citing the rehabilitation of 12 NEC warehouses and technical training for staffs as UNDP’s contributions towards NEC work.  

She assured UNDP, the Swedish Government, EU and other partners NEC’s commitment of using all technologies to give the Liberian people creditable elections.

 “It is our hope this partnership will continue,” she added.

Speaking on behalf of the Swedish Government was Elizabeth Harleman –Head of Development Corporation in Monrovia, who congratulated the Liberian Government and NEC for carrying on trainings and support for the upcoming senatorial elections despite the global pandemic COVID-19, in order to keep the country’s democratic gains stable.

She said, the Swedish government will continue to support capacity development to NEC.  “The Swedish government is concerned about women participation in politics and elections, which is lacking in Liberia,” she confessed. “I urge the government and NEC to take extra steps to encourage women participation in politics. The Swedish Government is pleased to hand over these ICT equipment to the Data Center, because it is where all information concerning elections are kept, and as such, will contribute to the transparency of elections in Liberia,” She concluded.

Fifteen (15) senators are up for election this year. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the elections date has been endorsed by the Liberian Senate to be held on December 8, 2020 instead of October, which requires concurrence by the lower house and signed into law by the president.