18 February 2013

Liberia: Problems At NEC

The Acting Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson has disclosed that the Commission is under serious attack from within.

Cllr. Nelson, who appeared very angry about activities at NEC, especially work habits of some staff, told county magistrates and their assistants during the opening of a two-day workshop held in the James Fromayan Conference hall in the presence of guests, international partners and the media that some magistrates have developed the habits of abandoning assigned counties and loitering in Monrovia with government's properties, including assigned vehicles and valuable items.

She stated that the attitude of those magistrates and assistant magistrates involved in abandoning their assignments in the counties and coming to Monrovia apparently for 'good time' has created serious setback for an active function of NEC in the leeward counties.

She further lamented that it is appalling that people the country depend on to producing credible results for elections will choose to take the path of 'recklessness' on the job.

According to Cllr. Nelson, most of NEC's local officials spend one or more months in Monrovia, outside of their job site, yet they continue to receive salaries, allowances and other benefits from government, something she termed as corruption, warning that the commission will take drastic action against anyone caught.

The acting NEC Boss threatened to suspend, dismiss and reduce salaries and allowances of those staff in such bad work habit. Cllr. Nelson called on employees of the commission to take their job very seriously as NEC will not relent in dropping delinquent employees, including magistrates and other local authorities.

Meanwhile, the Country Director for the International Foundation for Electoral System, Mr. Florim Purova, has expressed optimism that participants of the workshop will deliberate and the outcome will be fruitful to the electoral process of Liberia.

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