21 January 2013

Liberia: NEC Honors James Fromayan

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has flowered its former Chairman, James Fromayan with honor for his dedicated and remarkable services to the country during his tenure at the electoral house. The National Elections Commission under the leadership of Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, named a modernized conference hall in honor of Mr. Fromayan during the ceremony.

Mr. Fromayan served as co-chair and chair respectively for the NEC both in 2005 and 2011, but resigned the post following controversy surrounding official results of the first round of polling between the Congress for Democratic Change and the ruling Unity Party, when the commission inadvertently awarded the UP's results to the CDC in the 2011 Presidential election which none of the candidates won.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mr. Fromyan said sometimes in 2010, the idea of a spacious conference center came to mind and, he though it necessary to crystallize it into reality.

He noted although the United States Government was very helpful to the people of Liberia by erecting a beautiful national headquarters for the NEC under his leadership, that building lacks the sort of conference center that an election commission has to go outside to rent hall for workshops and other election related activities.

He indicated that the conference center is just a tip of the iceberg in terms of the infrastructural development that he and his leadership undertook and completed during their tenure of office.

"When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed us as chairperson of the electoral commission in 2006, we accepted the challenge, realizing how daunting the task was. Under our chairmanship, with the full support and cooperation of the Board of Commissioners and the entire NEC family, the commission constructed local offices in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, and Lofa Counties," he said.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to the leadership and board of commissioners for recognizing his effort and other commissioners, who have served so dedicatedly the commission during their tenure.

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