By Joseph Titus Yekeryan
Upper Bong Elections Magistrate Daniel Newland says all is now set for the successful conduct of the representative by-election in Electoral District #2, Bong County.
Speaking recently in Gbarnga, Newland said the National Elections Commission (NEC) office in the county has started the rollout of different activities aimed at providing a fair level playing field for all candidates and electorates.
There are 12 candidates contesting the by-election in District #2 and all of them are men. The by-election is meant to fill a vacuum left by Senator Prince Kermue Moye who was still serving as a district representative in the county when he was elected to the Liberian Senate in 2020.
According to Newland, NEC is conducting vigorous consultations with stakeholders, partisans, and relevant actors of Electoral District #2 to ensure that the by-election is guided with respect to human rights and dignity, peace, security, and the rule of law.
The Magistrate narrated that it was saddened to note that after elections, most of the candidates only alleged being cheated and are unable to provide fact-based evidence to support their claims.
Newland wants supporters and stakeholders of Electoral District #2 to conduct themselves peacefully and desist from what he calls misconceptions that NEC supports a particular candidate.
“The National Elections Commission has and will continue to remain neutral in all elections. This is a commitment to the people of District #2 and Liberia at large. We will always be fair to our people,” he added.
Newland indicated that NEC remains committed to ensuring neutrality in the conduct of the by-election and called on all candidates as well as supporters to desist from acts that have the tendencies to trigger violence.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/nec-presents-draft-hearing-procedures/–Edited by Winston W. Parley