The Government of Liberia, Japan and United Nations Development Programmed (UNDP) have signed a US$ 1.14million agreement aimed at strengthening the security apparatus here for the upcoming representatives and presidential polls.
In a press release issued Thursday, 7 September in Monrovia, government says in advance of the 10 October 2017 elections in Liberia, Japan and the UNDP signed an exchange of notes to strengthen election security with a fund of US$1.14 million.
The project is to support the deployment of police and other civilian security personnel to provide security during the elections. At the formal signing ceremony, the government through the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, Police Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman, the Ambassador of Japan to Liberia and the Deputy Director of Operations of UNDP all acknowledged the importance that the funding gap is being filled.
Exchanging the notes at the headquarters of the election commission, Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, stressed that the elections in October will once again mark an important milestone in Liberia’s democracy and nation building.He affirms Japan’s support to the country, indicating that it is an indication of its commitment to peace and stability in Africa.
He expresses confidence that the Japanese support and the support of other development partners would greatly contribute to peaceful, democratic and credible elections here.
NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya welcomed the grant, underscoring the importance in ensuring elections are held in a secure environment.He stresses the importance of the agreement, saying elections are in many ways about partnerships and national institutions working together.
He says The National Elections Commission’s preparations for the 10 October 2017 elections are on track. For his part Inspector General of Police, Col. Gregory Coleman also welcomed the grant and reiterated the role of joint security services in building trust and confidence in credible elections.
He took the opportunity to highlight the commitment of the police to the electoral process, expressing the LNP’s thanks and appreciation to the Government and People of Japan for the continuous support given the LNP and the nation, Liberia, as a whole, especially during these elections period.
Signing the exchange of notes on behalf of the UNDP, Ms. Rokya Ye Dieng, Deputy Country Director for Operations underlined how important and timely the support from Japan is for the forthcoming elections.
She says professional election security is key to successful elections, saying the support from the Government of Japan will guarantee security across the country. She indicates that it will also support good community based policing principles on election day, adding that she cannot stress enough how important this support is for the national joint security services being deployed. The support reflects the long-standing partnership between Japan, the Republic of Liberia and the UNDP. Press release