The disclosure was made by Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe in remarks at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between registered political parties and the National Elections Commission (NEC) held Friday at the NEC Headquarters in Sinkor.
“The Government of Liberia wants to use this opportunity again to reiterate its commitment to performing its responsibility under the law to give full support to the activities of the National Elections Commission (NEC),” Minister Nagbe indicated.
He acknowledged the crafting of a budget by the NEC and said in spite of the prevailing economic trend which has negatively impacted the revenue generation capacity of government, it has decided to give priority to funding the NEC.
He expressed the Liberian leader’s appreciation to international partners for the support they continue to give the country’s electoral process, and encouraged them to extend such support to the 2017 elections.
“This commitment will also be manifested in the ongoing re-allotment and reprioritization in the National Budget,” Nagbe stated.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Nagbe is calling on the National Legislature to work with the Executive in ensuring that its desire to prioritize support to the elections commission becomes a reality through the budget process.
“I will therefore seize this opportunity once again to urge the National Legislature to, in the spirit of partnership, also prioritize the election commission budget,” Nagbe emphasized.
Also in remarks, Mrs. Gladys Beyan of the Grassroots Democratic Party of Liberia said registered political parties are ready to honor and make use of all provisions provided by the agreement signed with the election governing body of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the 20 registered political parties that signed the agreement, Madam Beyan called for a sense of unity that will better the country beyond what it is at present.