LCC Wants National Referendum Rescheduled

LCC Wants National Referendum Rescheduled

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has proposed that the National Referendum be rescheduled before or for the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections in order to allow adequate preparations, sensitizing and educating the public by the National Elections Commission(NEC), the Government of Liberia(GOL), civic society, and other national stakeholders, including the religious community on the said National Referendum.

In a statement issued in Monrovia on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 and read by read by Bishop Kortu K. Brown, President of LCC, said: “As it stands, the Liberia Council of Churches engagement with its membership across the country shows that civic/voters’ education on the Referendum scheduled for December 8, 2020, is limited and this needs to be reversed. Secondly, the time to do the required civic/voters education across the 15 counties now, is short; therefore, the Referendum should be rescheduled to a later date to allow for proper planning, community awareness/sensitization and participation, amongst others. The Liberian people must own this process through their fullest participation”

“We hope and pray that the Government of Liberia, the National Elections Commission and the People of Liberia will take our recommendation in good faith. This proposal is in the interest of sustaining peace, security, the rule of law and strengthening participatory democracy and good governance in Liberia. In this same regard, we commend the National Elections Commission, Government of Liberia, ECOWAS, the United Nations and the rest of International Community represented here in Liberia to include the United States Government, European Union, African Union, amongst others, for steps being taken to cleaning up the Voters’ Registration Roll (VRR) and ensuring that the December 8 Senatorial poll is free, fair and inclusive. This is critical to sustaining a peaceful and stable society and uniting the country for its forward movement,” the LCC statement said.

On the other hand, the LCC wants the Senatorial Election take place as planned on December 8, 2020 with all the safeguards taken to ensure the exercise is free, fair and inclusive.
The LCC encouraged all political parties and actors to lend their fullest support to the process and look forward to the cleaning up exercise being brought to a logical and satisfactory conclusion soon.



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