The recent public debate which questions the nationality or allegiance of the Chairman of NEC Cllr. Jerome G. Kokoya is nothing but a ploy to distract a focused mindset to deliver what Liberians are yearning for: free,fair and credible elections.
This medium believes that a formidable Commission that has been set with one mind should not be distracted at this moment as any ploy to change the leadership structure will paralyze the electoral process.
It is against this backdrop that the Deputy Secretary General for Press and Public Affairs of the Opposition Liberty Party, Kla Edward Toomey, said: “Judging from series of bi-elections and the 2014 mid-term Senatorial elections supervised by the current Commissioners of NEC, there is no reason for the Liberty Party to doubt the credibility of NEC to conduct the October 10, 2017 elections”.
This assertion is also shared among other political parties and the general public.
A proper planning prevents poor performance in any institution. For any institution to succeed, it must know it strength, weakness, opportunity and threat.
This medium believes that the current head of NEC and his team have gone beyond that notion by working 24/7 round the clock to ensure that nothing hinders the electioneering process which is due in October.
The voters’ registration process which had been concluded successfully ensured that every citizen of Liberia who has attained the voting age of 18 and above was registered. Today, the commission begins the timely exhibition of provisional registration roll which is meant to give chance to registered voters to rectify whatever mistakes that may have occurred during the process.
Having gone through a rigorous confirmation process by the National Legislature, this medium believes that Cllr. Jerome G. Kokoya is well fit for the daunting task ahead, as the outcome of these elections will go a long way in assessing the country’s democracy by seeing a peaceful transition of power from one government to the other after many decades.
We believe that not every citizen can make a decision in a country. But through a competent parliamentarian representation, the plight and concerns of everyone should be considered before making any decision.
Therefore the trust and confidence accredited to the NEC boss over the years to carry the mantle of leadership in that institution should not be questioned at this eleventh hour.
The progress NEC is making at the moment is based on a collective team work which principles have been instilled in the Commissioners to ensure that the fate of Liberia is decided by all and sundry.