ECC Wants NEC To Probe Complaints

“The attention of the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) has been drawn to complaints filed by several political parties and independent candidates alleging electoral fraud and irregularities during the counting of ballots of the Special Senatorial Election held on December 20th, 2014.

“Complaints have been filed to the National Elections Commission (NEC) by the candidate of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) of Bomi County, the candidate of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Maryland County, and an independent Candidate, Dr. Henrique Togbah of Bong County. The ECC was copied on the complaint filed by the CDC. In the complaint filed by the CDC, the candidate is calling for the re-run of the election.

“The ECC is mindful that elections do not end with the counting of votes and pronouncement of results but marked by trust and confidence by the stakeholders in the outcome of the process. The ECC is also cognizance of the fact that candidates have a right to complain about alleged fraud and irregularities and are under obligation to provide sufficient evidence to prove their claims and calls on all those alleging foul to produce the required evidence.

“At the same time, the ECC is calling on all parties and candidates that are contesting the results to follow the complaint procedures as outlined in Chapter 6, Sections 6.1; 6.2 and 6.3 of the New Elections Law of 1986.

“By the same token and in the spirit of transparency and building citizens’ trust in the electoral process and the country’s fragile democracy, the ECC is calling on NEC to follow due process in speedily hearing and adjudicating these cases, treating each case on its own merit.

“The ECC admonishes all parties and candidates that chose the lawful path in filing their complaints with NEC and calls on their supporters to remain calm, peaceful, and law abiding while all complaints are being addressed.

“Finally, the ECC congratulates all those who were pronounced winners as well as those who lost and conceded graciously. This election like other elections has been competitive and as a result, it has divided communities and fractured relationships. It is a time for political reconciliation and this will require that all winners and losers combine their efforts in fostering the country’s development agenda.

“The ECC is Liberia’s largest domestic observation group and undertakes this work with support from USAID through IREX,” the press release issued over the weekend said.