The national Chairman of the governing Unity Party (UP), Mr. Wilmot J.M. Paye, has expressed dismay over the credibility of the head of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Chairman Jerome George Korkoya, to conduct a free, fair and transparent runoff election on December 26. He made the statement over the weekend in an interview with a team of reporters at his Unity Party headquarters in Congo Town during a one-day mini youth retreat organized by the UP National Youth Congress. Chairman Paye said even though UP does not have the appointing and dismissal power to remove the NEC Chairman, but as a political party, it is deeply concerned over the poor performance and inability of Cllr. Korkoya to lead the affairs of the Presidential runoff election.
“We don’t have the appointing power but in normal circumstances, reasonable people will respond because when the Supreme Court of any country gives a very damaging opinion on you as head of an electoral management body, you should not stay. If you read the opinion of the Court, the court devoted pages for Korkoya alone.”
“So in that case, the most reasonable thing to do is to recuse yourself. You are not the only person in the Republic of Liberia; somebody, may be the Co-Chair on the Commission, could preside over the election because we don’t want to go into a process with doubt,” he said.