“As the body responsible for the organization and conduct of elections in this our beloved post-conflict Liberia, the NEC is racing against time to put in place all necessary safeguards, not only for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections, but for the conduct of an election that will keep our nation on a viable course of sustainable peace,” he stressed.
He noted that to ensure integrity, the process demands an electoral atmosphere free of fear, intimidation or manipulation at every stage.
Chairman Korkoya’s statement was contained in his welcome remarks at the opening of a two-day election security coordination workshop held in Monrovia Wednesday.
The NEC official added: “The presence of adequate security that is not only professional but that is well-motivated and neutral on election day is an imperative, especially during critical stages, such as voting, vote counting, results transmission and collation.”
The workshop brought together representatives of political parties, youths, civil society organizations and the security apparatus in the country.
He described an election environment as one that must be characterized by peace, adequate neutral security in and around voting places.
This, he said, helps to facilitate a free, fair, and credible election, while lessening problems that could compromise voters’ confidence, integrity of records, turnout or election results.
Chairman Korkoya hoped for an election environment where voters will be able to vote without fear and election monitors or observers being able to observe without intimidation.