Statement by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Hon. James M. Fromayan on the Occasion of the Official Announcement of the results of the October 11, 2011 Legislative and Presidential Elections
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 5:00PM
Heads of Political Parties;
Local and International Observers;
Members of the Press;
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:
The National Elections Commission (NEC) embarked on the long and challenging process of setting the stage
for the smooth conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections in consonance with the 1986 Liberian Constitution.
Furthermore, in an effort to achieve this national task, the Commission collaborated with its partners, both local and international.
My fellow citizens, ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to report that out of the 1,798,930 registered voters, 1, 288, 716 voted in the elections which represents 71.6% voters’ turn out. In the view of the NEC and probably most Liberians, this record turnout together with the peaceful atmosphere which characterized the elections is a milestone that all Liberians must wear an accolade for.
The National Elections Commission uses this space to congratulate the 925 candidates that participated in the elections and for exhibiting a civil behavior and respecting the wishes of the voters.
The 2011 elections were observed by both local and international observers. A total of 4,383 national observers from 80 organizations were accredited to observe the process. Similarly, 921 international observers from 45 international organizations observed the elections.
COMPLAINTS OF FRAUD
My fellow Liberians, ladies and gentlemen of the press, despite the preponderance of praises heaped on the Commission for the organized manner in which these elections were conducted and the myriad of reports from different strata of local and international observation groups pointing to the fact that the elections were free and fair there are still some people who feel the process was marred by flaws and was fraudulent.
The Commission wishes to admonish all that what matters now is to keep our patrimony sailing as one country and anything that has got the trappings to plunge this country in a violent quagmire should be avoided by all well-meaning Liberians.
As the body responsible to conduct elections in the Republic of Liberia, the Commission assures everyone that it will do all within it reach to ensure that the electoral process is, transparent, free and fair and at all times guided by the rules, regulations and laws governing the conduct of elections.
ADJUDICATION OF COMPLAINTS
The Commission wishes to inform the public that after the closure of polls and the tally of results from the first round of the presidential and legislative elections, there were about 53 complaints of different allegations filed with the Commission. The Commission is pleased to state that all of the complaints have been resolved with about eight (8) pending resolutions, while six 6 were withdrawn by complainants themselves.
The 8 pending cases include three allegations of non-citizenship in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado Counties, two allegations emanating from dissatisfaction with results in Montserrado. There is also an allegation of fraud by the Congress of Democratic Change (CDC) against the NEC.
On this allegation, the CDC on three occasions withdrew their own case for amendment and re-filing. The case was finally heard this morning in the presence of the press and observers. The CDC requested the Commission’s permission to present it witnesses on Friday, 28, October 2011. The NEC however informed the CDC that it has up to tomorrow October 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. to present its witness.
Three other cases have been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. 13 of the 53 complaints have been legally resolved with parties duly notified. The Commission therefore reports that 42 of the 53 complaints have been adjudicated. However, none of the outstanding complaints will affect the result.
RUN-OFF IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Having said that, the NEC wishes to announce that none of the 16 presidential candidates obtained an absolute majority (50% +1 vote) of the valid votes cast in the October 11, 2011 polls as prescribed in Article 83 (b) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution to be declared winner of the election. Consequently, none of the candidate is qualified to be declared winner in the presidential contest.
Accordingly, a run-off will be held on November 8, 2011, the second Tuesday after the announcement of the October 11 elections results as prescribed by the Liberian Constitution. In this connection, I herewith declare that the run-off election will be contested by the two presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in these elections; they are: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Unity Party (UP) and Winston A. Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). Also, campaign for the run-off opens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26, and closes at midnight, Sunday, November 6, 2011.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESULTS
WORDS OF GRATITUDE
On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the entire staff of the National Elections Commission, I wish to use this occasion to applaud the registered voters for the outstanding maturity and tolerance demonstrated on October 11. The Commission registers profound gratitude and appreciation to all Liberians for their supportive role during the process.
A big round of applause goes to our international and local partners for their inmeasurable contributions towards the success of the just ended elections. They include: the UNDP, IFES, UNMIL, AU, USAID and ECOWAS. On the local side, we salute the Press Union of Liberia, LIBTRALO, LMI and ALICOR for their meaningful role played in these elections..
The role of international and local observer missions and the media was outstanding and played a pivotal role in contributing to the transparency and credibility of the elections. A special ‘note of thanks’ and appreciation is extended to the Board of Commissioners, Headquarter and county staff and the many temporary workers that manned the process.
The resilience and resolve of the Liberian people to brave the rain to vote in their numbers on elections day clearly explains a new paradigm of their preference of the ballot box over the barrel of the gun for those desirous of ascending to state power.
Fellow Liberians, friends of Liberia, as we go to the presidential run-off on November 8, 2011, the NEC encourages the contesting political parties to remain peaceful and to fully participate as was the case on October 11.
To the voters, we want you to bear in mind that every single vote counts and there is no carryover of votes from the first round. In other words, this is a fresh election which would operate on its own merit of votes each candidate receives. The NEC calls on registered voters to turnout in their numbers to freely elect their president on November 8.
My fellow Liberians, as we prepare for the presidential run-off election, I urge all voters to turn out and vote. Everyone should turnout regardless of the fact that the candidate you voted for in the first round is no longer in the race.
Let me further indicate here that just as was on October 11, polls will open at 8:00am and close at 6:pm. Voters must bring their voters’ registration card, because without a valid voter’s card, you cannot vote.
Finally, the NEC hails the people of Liberia for the great strides made at concretizing the gains towards building a vibrant democracy. We ask all of you to cooperate and help ensure that the run-off election is free and held under a peaceful atmosphere.
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