“I don’t like the way the president can appoint elections commissioners in this country, because even me if I am a president and appointed you, you will cheat because I recommended you,” said Oretha Artis, a resident of Bokay Town in Granda Bassa’a first district. “If the president appoints you, he or she will have control over you.”
Representatives from civil society organizations and political parties have drafted a resolution to repeal the clause of the constitution that prescribes the specific day for national elections to be held.
In previous articles, The Bush Chicken has explored recommendations for improving future elections made by elections observer missions, including the Elections Coordinating Committee, which had the highest number of local observers.
The House of Representatives of the 54th national legislature has welcomed recommendations to improve future elections and promised to complete legal reform in six months.
On January 22, Liberia experienced its first handover of power from one elected leader to another in 73 years. Pres. George Weah’s inauguration followed a historic election that saw a loser in a presidential race accept the results and concede defeat to the winner for the first time in many years.
With two days until the runoff election and all Supreme Court cases now resolved, the major question on the mind of voters is how prepared the country is for the December 26 election.
The Press Union of Liberia has issued a warning against ethical transgressions by media institutions and practitioners during the ongoing elections season.
Oscar Bloh, chairman of the Elections Coordinating Committee, is calling on the National Elections Commission to make available information to the public on the status of election materials that were transferred to the various countries in preparation for the presidential runoff election.