9 January 2013

Liberia: GAC to Audit NEC

Liberia's Auditor General Robert Kilby has disclosed that all is set to commence a forensic audit of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Speaking Monday in Monrovia during an honoring ceremony for employees of the General Auditing Commission, who returned from various countries, including Kenya, United States, India and Ghana for further studies in a variety of disciplines, Mr. Kilby said the pending audit of the NEC is intended to create a space for transparency and accountability as the Commission prepares to conduct mid-term senatorial election in 2014.

According to him, since the electoral commission was established by law and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf elected to office, the GAC, under previous administration failed to audit the NEC.

Kilby said the audit procedure has three stages, including planning, field monitoring and reporting, adding that already, the GAC has begun the planning stage.

He also announced that the auditing house has established three additional departments, including E-library, E-audit and Internal Control, saying "The e-audit will provide audit report through electronic means."

Kilby said the E-library will be used to collect data from auditees, secure every document collected and subsequently disseminate information to those rightful authorities appropriately.

He said E-audit will be used to conduct online audit without entering premises of government ministries and agencies that should be audited to fast track the process, but noted that network needs to be established before the usage can take effect.

"The e-audit will have 'a work floor development' where fetching data from government institutions will be regular and active", said the GAC Boss. Turning to the honorees, Mr. Kilby assured that those who went for further studies on government scholarships will be maintained in the employ of the GAC, and if need arises, the commission will recruit other Liberians.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of fellow honorees, a former Liberian broadcast journalist, auditor Moses Kowor, now an auditor, said they are ready to work and serve the Liberian people.

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