Liberia Electoral Commission to begin release of provisional result today
NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya’s post-voting press conference.
By Adesina Idris
Monrovia, Dec. 26, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Counting of the ballot papers has now commenced in the Liberian re-run presidential election and is currently being carried out nationwide. The counting is been undertaken under the full view of political party agents and national and international and election observers.
So far the election process and voting have been largely smooth, a marked improvements on the 10 October 2017 election day.
At a post election press conference, Jerome G. Korkoya Chairman, National Elections Commission (NEC) said there was no major incident to report apart from few technical ones like delayed polling which he said were promptly dealt with
“Except in very small number of Polling places, all polling places opened at 08:00 hours this morning. For example in Lofa voting precinct # 21051 the polling places opened at 09:20 hours because of late delivery. In Montserrado #. 30486 polling opened 15 minutes late because polling staff were waiting for party agents. Where there has been any delay in opening of polling places the National Elections Commission has instructed staff to account for the delay by closing polling later.
Korkoya announced that the commission would begin the release of provisional result tomorrow.
-Voting has closed but the National Elections Commission would like to remind all stakeholders the process of counting and tabulation of results is continuing. The National Elections Commission is the only institution that has the authority to release election results and it calls on both political parties competing in the elections to refrain from declaring a result until the official results are released.
“By tomorrow morning, 27 December 2017 at 11:00 hours the tallying of results will commence and the National Elections Commission will continue to release provisional results as they arrive. Once again the National Elections Commission would like to remind all stakeholders including the media that it alone is responsible for the announcement of election results. And only results released by the National Elections Commission should be reported as official ones.”
The NEC boss also confirmed a few incidents that were either dealt with or under investigation. “In Zubah Town, Mother Sarah School system VP# 30126 voter was witnessed to have two ballot papers police are investigating. A polling official undermined his impartiality at a polling station in JHP Hope VP# 30025 when he posted on social media his political choice and he was immediately removed from the post and replaced. And there was an incident in a polling place 1 in Broluco school VP# 30319 that was dealt with. The National Elections Commission wishes to stress these types of incidents were extremely rare and were dealt with according to the law.”