The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) says the certification of the newly elected senators is a testimony of power transfer by the people of Liberia.
Speaking at the official certification program Saturday at the Commission's Headquarters in Sinkor, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya told the senators that the power entrusted with them comes with a great deal of expectation and responsibility.
Chairman Korkoya told the newly elected senators that such expectation is intended to change the living conditions of the people by making laws and formulating programs. He said the people expect a responsible leadership that will not disappoint them.
He reminded the senators-elect to do everything in their powers not to disappoint the trust because, according to him, “their election is a manifestation of the power that is inherent in the people under Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution.
“Since the turn of the 21st century, many countries around the world have turned to election as the best means through which change of leadership can be effected in a democracy. Election is important because it gives power to the people to choose their leaders to make decisions on their behalf. The principal mechanism for translating that consent into governmental authority is the holding of free and fair elections,” the NEC boss noted.
Korkoya commended the Liberian government and partners for the support to the NEC.
He said although the commission was happy over gains made during the senatorial election, they are mindful of their obligation to fully execute the mandate to conduct all elections.
Those certificated include Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County, Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, Jonathan Kaipay of Grand Bassa County, Daniel Naatehn of Gbarpolu County and A. Marshall Dennis of Grand Gedeh County.
Others are Albert Chie of Grand Kru County, Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County and Stephen J. H. Zargo of Lofa County.
The rest are J. Gbleh-bo Brown of Maryland County, George M. Weah of Montserrado County, Francis Paye of River Cess County and J. Milton Teahjay of Sinoe County.
The NEC was unable to certificate senators-elect from three counties due to a prohibition by Justice in-Chambers Philip Banks at the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Those who did not receive certificate include Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, Morris Satumah of Bomi County and Jim Tornolah of Margibi County.