Authorities of the National Elections Commission have sharply rejected the nomination of Dr. Michael Slewon’s candidacy for lying under oath. He formerly headed the Commission on Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia recently, NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, says the commission’s decision is based on amongst others, misinformation provided in his nomination application to the effect that he was not a presidential appointee, when the evidence presented revealed the contrary.
Accordingly, Chairman Korkoya announces that Dr. Slewon’s name has been ordered removed from the final list of candidates for the October 10 Elections. He notes that it can be recalled when NEC published the final list of candidates, the electoral house indicated that any candidate on the final list could be removed if the final disposition of a case in which he or she is involved so warranted.
He points out that in pursuant to that pronouncement, the Board of Commissioners last week overturned the decision of the Candidate Nomination Committee to qualify Dr. Michael Slewon to contest in Electoral District #9, Nimba County.
Chairman Korkoya explains that following the end of the nomination period, NEC’s Independent Hearing Office continues to hear objections and complaints emanating from the nominations.
He stresses that the commission is committed to respecting the due process right of every citizen, and that the Commission regrets to state that its efforts in this regard are being hindered by the failure of the parties to appear for hearing when cited.
Korkoya continues that the Commission has made media publications, calling on both complainants and respondents to come for hearing of their cases without any success.
“The NEC wants to use this medium therefore to send out a final warning to both complainants and respondents of cases pending to come forth for hearing or the Commission will be left with no other option but to dismiss these cases, even if it means the Commission has to do so sua sponte,” he emphasizes.
Meanwhile, NEC, consistent with its tradition of transparency and inclusiveness, announces the layout of ballots for the October 2017 Elections is completed.
A total of 21 presidential candidates are in the race, six of them Independent plus over 800 candidates for representative seats. Liberians go to the polls on October 10th to elect a new President and members of the House of Representatives. A total of 2,183,683 citizens have registered across the country to participate in the polls.
The commission encourages representative each from political parties contesting the elections and Independent candidates to come and verify the ballots.
Chairman Korkoya explains that the verification exercise will focus on the names of candidates and the emblem of the political parties and Independent candidates that were submitted to the Commission at the nomination center.
“This exercise commences today and will end on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The Political Affairs Section will be open on the holiday to provide political parties and Independent candidates the opportunity to verify the names of the candidates endorsed to the commission and the emblems of their institutions.”
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne