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Propositions For Electoral Reform In Liberia Recommended

The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), a civil society platform comprising six organizations that observe elections in Liberia, has made a 17-count recommendation intended for electoral reform in Liberia.

According to Executive member of ECC, Mr. Malcolm Joseph, the ECC supports electoral reform as an important component of deepening and consolidating Liberia’s emerging democracy.
Joseph, who made the recommendation recently at a press conference in Monrovia, pointed out that the reduction in tenures for the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives, which has been proposed by the President George Manneh Weah, were noteworthy.
He said that the date of election should be changed and removed from the Constitution and placed in the new Elections Law (NEL) to engender flexibility in the conduct of elections in the event of a national emergency.
Joseph added that the conduct of By-Election should be abolished in order to reduce electoral expenses, and also because by-election raises the question of legitimacy of political representation due to the low turn-out during voting.
He maintained that the judicial power should be removed from National Elections Commission(NEC)to speed up the adjudication of electoral disputes and minimize conflict of interest by establishing an ad hoe electoral tribunal.
He recommended public vetting of the Board of Commissioners of NEC so that the appointment process for the Board is inclusive and broad-based, representing the diversity of society through a public vetting exercise.
Joseph stressed that no sitting member of the House of Representatives or the Senate should contest for a vacant seat unless they have resigned from their position instead of holding one seat and yet running for another.

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