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Weah nominates new NEC chair

President George Manneh Weah has nominated Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah as Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Prior to her preferment, Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah was nominated, confirmed, appointed and commissioned co-chairman of the Electoral Body, the Executive Mansion says in a press statement issued Monday, 15 June.

Her nomination comes as the 2020 senatorial election which is proposed to be held in early December instead of in October, draws closer while the Executive faced months of headache in a search for a suitable candidate for the top job at the NEC.

Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah’s appointment to chair the NEC also settles speculation here that Liberia’s Solicitor General Cllr. SaymahSyreniusCephas was being considered for the position after President Weah withdrew controversial Nigerian – born Ndubuisi Cllr. Nwabudiki’s appointment to head the commission, as the latter failed to prove he is a naturalized Liberian.

The NEC chair – designate was earlier appointed Acting Chair of the Commission after President Weah withdrew the nomination of the then chairman-designate, Cllr. Nwabudiki who despite failing to prove that he is a Liberian, returned to head the Liberia Anti – Corruption Commission (LACC).

Madam Lasanah will replace Cllr. Jerome Korkoryah whose tenure as NEC Chair expired in March this year. Meanwhile, President Weah has nominated Cllr. Teplah Reeves as Co-chairperson of NEC, replacing the elevated Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah. The nominations made on Monday, 15 June are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate where applicable.

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