One politician who has been consistent with calls for the removal of National Elections Commission Chairman is the founder and former standard bearer of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy Party (APDP), Dr. Togbah Nah Tipoteh, who continues to claim that Chairman Jerome Kokoyah is not a Liberian citizen and that he (Kokoyah) is a member of the Unity Party.
In the wake of Tipoteh’s call, another civil society group, the Alliance for the Protection of Peace and Democracy in Liberia (APPDL) of Caucious Davies, a former student advocate at the University of Liberia, is calling for NEC Chairman Kokoyah to resign immediate.
In his press briefing last Friday at a local entertainment center on Broad Street downtown Monrovia, Mr. Davies said the Chairman Jerome Kokoyah is not credible enough to preside over the ensuing elections in 2017 due to his close association with the ruling Unity Party (UP).
Mr. Davis described Mr. Kokoyah as an “agent of President Sirleaf” who is always ready and willing to carry out the President’s mandates as evidenced by the past bi-election in Maryland County which Dr. Bhofal Chamber won, but the result was allegedly thwarted upon the orders of President Sirleaf.
Davies said the NEC Chairman is not a credible individual to conduct the pending national elections, due to his nationality, and his activities at the National elections Commissions.
The APPDL Executive in his press briefing threatened to march to all foreign embassies near Monrovia and ask them not to support the electoral process because he foresees irregularities ahead in the forthcoming presidential and general elections in Liberia.
He noted that if Mr. Kokoyah does not resign from the NEC it will serve as a bundle of chaos and anarchy in 2017 amidst report of insecurity being placed over Liberia in the absence of UNMIL.
He called on President Sirleaf to leave a legacy for peaceful elections and transition if she intends to have a total peaceful history in Liberia after her departure from the presidency.
NEC has consistently denied the allegation and said the Chairman is not a member of the ruling unity Party, and he has no dual nationality as claimed by Dr. Tipoteh and others.
The calls for Cllr. Kokoyah’s resignation comes against widespread speculations that the NEC Chairman has already been given the boot, and that it is only a matter of days he would be officially ousted from the enviable position.
Sources within the NEC disclosed to this paper that the presidency is in fact dissatisfied with Kokoyah’s performance, citing his administration’s complete lack of interest in revamping the structure of the NEC headquarters on 9th Street. “As we speak, Madam Mary Broh had to be called in to see about painting our headquarters because it just doesn’t represent a credible elections monitoring organization,” the source said.