By Naneka A. Hoffman
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has certificated 73 winners out of 88 winners of the 10 October 2023 legislative elections.
The Commission held the certification ceremony Friday, 8 December 2023 at the EJS Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.
During the program, NEC chairperson Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah said the Commission was certificating winners of the Senatorial and Representative elections held in the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia.
The NEC Boss said the winners of the 14 November 2023 presidential run-off election will be certificated at a later date.
She said the winner of the presidential run-off has officially informed the Commission of his absence from the country.
Madam Browne Lansanah said the remaining 15 winners of the representative and senatorial elections will be certificated following the completion of cases arising from the conduct of the elections.
On behalf of the Commission, Madam Browne Lansanah thanked the Government of Liberia for its unwavering and sustained support of the electoral process.
She also thanked all the political parties, independent candidates, and all those who participated in the election.
She also thanked the NEC’s temporary and permanent staff who spent tireless hours to ensure that the 10 October 2023 elections were conducted as prescribed by law.
Additionally, she thanked the Ministry of Justice and the chair of the national steering committee under whose direction the Joint Security worked to ensure a good environment for the conduct of the elections.
Speaking on behalf of the representatives, Deputy House Speaker Fonati Koffa said the day of their certification began a transition from one democratic government to another.
He thanked the Almighty God for his grace and blessing upon the country.
He also thanked the National Elections Commission for the mature, smooth, and transparent election conducted.
The certification program was graced by representatives from the United Nations Liberia, ECOWAS, Election Coordinating Committee, National Steering Committee on the 2023 Elections, National Civil Society Organization, and Monrovia Community Mass Choir.