…Stresses Transparent Elections
By:Jasmes K .Kadi,Jr
The Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) in collaboration with National Democratic Institute (NDI) has congratulated all parties, independent candidates and all Liberians for conducting peaceful political campaign.
Addressing a news conference Saturday Oscar Bloh of ECC also commended the Liberian government and international partners for providing the financial resources needed for the conduct of the pending presidential and representative election.
The ECC further commended the Liberia National Police (LNP) for the level of professionalism in providing security to all political parties and independent candidates during the campaign period.
Furthermore, the ECC applauds the Media for creating the space for political parties and independent candidates to share their campaign manifestos with the voters.
Bloh disclosed that on the election day, “ECC will deploy 2,170 observers of different categories; the first category includes 89 long term observers, 2,000 short term observers deployed in all of the 73 electoral districts. Of the 2000 observers, 832 observers will be systematically deployed as rapid response observers, 500 of these observers are part of a national sample based on a proportional distribution by district he claim.”
Given the high concentration of voters in Montserrado, the ECC said it is deploying additional rapid response observers proportionally distribution over the county’s 17 electoral districts.
Based on this deployment strategy and using a real time reporting system, the ECC said it will be able to report on the conduct of the polls across the country using representative information he said.
Mr. Bloh said ECC also will deploy 42 tally center observers covering all 19 magisterial officers and the National tally center.
He also said ECC has established a data center that will be receiving real, time information through coded text messages from the observers at particular polling places, while ECC will release periodic reports on the conduct of the elections based on the information received from its observers from the polling places observed.
Meanwhile, ECC has recommended that NEC should safeguard the integrity of the process and must demonstrate a high degree of neutrality and transparency in the conduct, counting, tallying and announcement of results.
ECC also called on NEC to treat all electoral petitions, disputes and grievances in a transparent and timely manner.
The group also called on political parties, independent candidates and their supporters to remain peaceful and refrain from announcing election results.
ECC also urged the Supreme Court to expeditiously adjudicate all electoral related petitions, disputes and grievances.
It further called on the media and security apparatus to demonstrate high degree of neutrality.