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“I Have No Confidence In NEC” …JNB Blasts; Craves Biometric Voting System for 2023

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MONROVIA: Ahead of the much-awaited 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections, the Standard Bearer of the former governing Unity Party (UP), also former Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has raised a Red Flag, stating strongly that he does not have any iota of Confidence in the National Elections Commission (NEC) as it is currently constituted.

The Ex-VP said he cannot shy away from this question because, there’s lot of political leanings in there, lot of incompetence, and people who are unpatriotic, and we don’t believe they belong there as they cannot lead us to crucial 2023 elections.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, June 6, 2022, at his Rehab Community office, Amb. Boakai pointed out that the statutory mandate of the NEC does not allow it to work for any political party or government, but only in the interest of the Liberian people.

In reaction to the latest ruling of the Supreme Court Liberia of delivered on Friday, June 3, 2022, the UP political leader noted that the highest court of our land made the right decision in upholding the Constitution and Rule of Law when it decided to nullify the NEC obstruction to registering the UP candidate in the rescheduled Lofa County bi-election.

Amb. Boakai commended the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia for “this precedent-setting decision”, which he said, is a signal to the NEC “to do the right thing at all time.”

Amb. Boakai also warned the NEC that it is incumbent upon its Commissioners to do the right things because the UP will be prepared to challenge any wrong decision made against “the opposition and, by extension, the interests of the voters.”

The UP Standard Bearer strongly noted that maintaining the “hard-won peace in Liberia depends on the unfettered practice of legitimate politics, which include Free and Fair Elections.”

He reminded the NEC about updating the Voter’s Roll as he as well underscored the urgent need for the Commission to use the Biometric Voting System in 2023 elections which was recommended by International Election Observers in 2007, including ECOWAS.

He emphasized that the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections must be conducted through a “transparent process because the Unity Party and its affiliate political parties and the people of Liberia will accept NOTHING LESS.”

According to a statement from the UP, this is after former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who was elected in the December 2020 Special Senatorial elections, was prevented from taking his seat as Senator-elect of Lofa County because of a criminal case filed against him.

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