NEC Boss addresses protesting poll workers with megaphone
Poll workers of the just-ended December 08, Special Senatorial election have threatened series of protestations at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission, if authorities of the commission fail to settle pay arrears owed them for of services rendered during the polls.
The workers argue that it is unacceptable and unbelievable for the electoral house to be indebted to them since the ended of the senatorial election, national referendum and two by-elections for the House.
However, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, (NEC) has made another passionate plea to the protesters to exercise patience as the Commission continues to engage the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to make funds available to complete payment for all poll workers throughout the country.
Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah addressing aggrieved poll workers who had gathered in front of the Commissions in Sinkor, Monrovia earlier Thursday, 14 January said the Commission, through its Finance Section is in day to day discussion with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to quickly disburse remaining Five Million United States dollars (US$5 Million) to clear all debts it owns not only poll workers, but venders who also rendered electoral related services, including car rentals, printing houses and the media.
Madam Lansanah pleaded with poll workers to give the NEC at least one week to finalize payment arrangements with the Ministry of Finance particularly for those who have so far not received pay since the 8thDecember 2020 elections.
The NEC Chairperson, along with Commissioners Barsee Leo Kpangbai, Boakai A. Dukuly and Josephine Kou Gaye assures the poll workers that based on ongoing negotiations with the Ministry of Finance, they will in the soonest possible time receive their money through a mobile money processing system recommended by the General Auditing Commission, GAC.
Earlier Thursday, dozens of poll workers gathered in front of the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission, demanding pay for services provided during last month’s pay. Editing by Jonathan Browne