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Any Aggrieved Party Must Seek Legal Redress …Eminent Women, LCC Caution Liberians; As NEC Set To Release Final Poll Results

by News Manager

MONROVIA: Eminent Women of the Women’s Situation Room (WSR) and Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), have called on all Liberians to remain calm and non-violent as the National Elections Commissions (NEC) begin the announcement of the final vote tally.

The WSR is a peace-building project that empowers women to be the leading force for democratic and peaceful elections.

The concept was first introduced by Cllr.Yvette Chesson-Wureh, the coordinator for the Liberia-based Angie Brooks International Centre, an NGO on women’s empowerment.

Addressing a joint News Conference held at the WSR Office in Sinkor on Monday, October 16, 2023, the Establishment Coordinator of the Angie Brooks Center, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, told Liberians that if they are dissatisfied with the tally or the procedures, they should take advantage of the law through which they can challenge the process, and the final vote itself once they have evidence.
She said this process starts from filing a complaint with the NEC Magistrate at the polling station where they voted.
According to her, it is not too late, they can still file a complaint after they have the hearing with the Magistrate and they do not agree with him/her. The aggrieved party must thereafter file an appeal to the NEC Board of Commissioners and later take their case to the Supreme Court that is the Final Court of Liberia.
“We call on NEC to continue the process in a transparent manner and to ensure that incidents like what occurred in Nimba County where the Country Devil came out and ballot boxes were missing, then retrieved with one box still reported ,is investigated by NEC and the results are expeditiously reported to the public,” she noted.
Cllr. Chesson-Wureh, indicated that, to leave incidents like this without NEC publicly and expediently addressing them is undermining the confidence of the public in NEC.

She also used the occasion to call on the Internal Affairs Ministry to investigate the coming out of the Country Devil and report findings to the public.

She stressed that it is their request for the Internal Affairs Ministry to ensure that the National Symbols like the Country Devil are not used during elections to disrupt electoral process.
She disclosed that the killing of two persons reported in Zorzor Lofa County recently is not only of concern to the public, but it is a reality that the public does not want to see as mob violence is alleged to have contributed to one death.
“We, Liberians have shown that we have matured since our last elections as electorate and we went to the polls in peace and voted for the candidates of our choice in peace,” she said.
She also said Liberians certainly can obtain the results from NEC in peace and start the legal process if they do not like the results.

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