>Liberia: Premature Campaigners Risk Denial – NEC Warns Aspirants


Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the Commission in Sinkor, the Chairman of the NEC, Cllr. James Fromayan said NEC said individuals claiming to be aspirants are making serious miscalculations by taking the Commission for granted and engaging in actions that are equivalent to premature campaigning.

Chairman Fromayan furthered that individuals who have willfully chosen to indulge in premature campaign activities are operating outside the domain of the law and risk strong possibility of being denied participation in the 2011 elections.

The NEC warned that those who are now beating drums, mounting posters, holding political rallies and delivering campaign manifestos will soon have those “dreams shattered because these blatant acts of premature campaigning are tantamount to shooting themselves in the legs.”

According to Chairman Fromayan, the NEC remains unbending and uncompromising to enforce the electoral laws and no party or individual of any size and shape will be left off the hook when a clear violation is established in these proceedings.

The Commission reiterated that engaging in premature campaigning will no longer be tolerated. Henceforth, the NEC warned that those violating should immediately desist or be prepared to suffer lashes.

Meanwhile, the National Election Commission has disclosed that 993,857 Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) Forms were received from the 15 Counties of Liberia. The Commission emphasizes that the figures are raw and will be subjected to thorough cleaning by the Information Technology and Data Center of the NEC.

The Commission has further reported that the processing of the OMR forms by the Information Technology Section of NEC has been on-going and has proceeded well so far.

Chairman Fromayan also revealed that the IT Section has detected a number of cases involving double registration. He said the Commission is carefully studying the cases and will make proper determination of the next course of action against those that have been detected.

According to Chairman Fromayan, “out of 399.194 forms received by the IT Section, 152,113 forms which amount to 38% of the forms has been processed. Out of the number processed, 63,386 or 42% are females and 88,727 or 58% are males. Eighteen-year old (18) registrants amount to 13,310.”

In a related development, the NEC has disclosed that the observance of a national holiday in support of the ongoing National Voters’ Registration Exercise revealed that the initial reports gathered from its field officers suggest that appreciable number of Liberians responded to the call of the Commission and the Government to register.

NEC thanked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia for recognizing the need to give the Voters Registration a “big boost” by declaring a public holiday.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has disclosed that it will deny aspirants who will engage in premature campaign ahead of the 2011 General and Presidential Elections scheduled for October this year.


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