FINAL RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Republic of Liberia
National Elections Commission (NEC)
STATEMENT BY Cllr. ELIZABETH J. NELSON
ACTING CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMISSION
ON THE OCCASION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF
FINAL RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 8, 2011
PRESIDENTIAL RUN-OFF ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Prelates and Members of the Religious Community
Our International Partners
Heads of Political Parties
Local and International Observer Groups
Members of the Fourth Estate
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with a deep sense of humility that I come today,on behalf of my colleagues,to perform this national task. Let me begin by thanking the Almighty God, for His divine guidance and wisdom bestowed upon the Commission over the years to carryout this delicate duty.Heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to our international partners, including UNDP, UNMIL, EU, IFES, AU ECOWAS,the People and Government of the United States of America, and the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for their unflinching support to the 2011 electoral process which led to the resounding success that all well-meaning Liberians celebrate today.
To the countries that generously contributed resources to the electoral process, we say on behalf of all Liberians, a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have all demonstrated the act of true friendship.
Our special thanks and appreciation go to the Government of the Republic of Liberia for its support to the electoral process.
To political parties and independent candidates that participated in these elections, wesay thank you for working cooperatively with the NEC during the course of the elections. Truly, we all have made history and have opened a new chapter that will help to consolidate our young democracy. To you the registered voters who spent hours in the rain and in the sun to be heard through the ballot box, we congratulate you for speaking out in such a refined and profound manner.
To the hardworking staff of the Commission, thank you for your dedication, commitment and selfless service to your country. We certainly would not have reached this day without your commitment.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, today marks an important stage in a journey we started about six years ago. The Commission is saddened owing to the fact that some of those who worked so hard to see us reach this day are not here because the cold hands of death snatched them away during the process. Some of these include, the late Curtis V. Gahndolo, former Internal Auditor, Mrs. Maureen Woods-Yekeku, former Secretary in the office of the Co-chairman,Mr. Paul Giahkuee, and Ms. Kou Wonzon, Polling Staff in Grand Bassa and Lower Nimba Counties respectively, amongst others.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask that you join me in observance of a moment of silence in remembrance of these dedicated and faithful servants of our country. May their souls and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace!
As we announce these results today, Capt. Lawrence T. Bedell of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization lies in hospital in pains due to injuries he sustained from an accident in Maryland County while serving his country during the run-off election. The National Elections Commission remembers him for his dedicated service to his country. To all others that I have not made mention of, we have not ignored your sacrifice made to the success of this election. Thank you so much.
My Fellow Citizens, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, today, we are announcing the final results of a process that began some six years ago. As we do so, we wish to pay homage to some members of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Commission who also started this journey with us but could not end it due to reasons other than death. Commissioner Della I King-Reeves and Mrs. Charlesetta Mills both retired from active Public Service following years of long service to the country.
We want to, in a special way, recognize the outstanding contributions of Hon. James M. Fromayan, former Chairman of the National Elections Commission who resigned shortly following the announcement of the results of the first round of elections. Under his stewardship, the NEC was able to achieve great things. When we started this journey, the Commission was headquartered in a rented facility.
However, today, through the initiative of former Chairman Fromayan, the Government and People of the United States were gracious in constructing a modern headquarters complex for the NEC. Also, through his farsightedness, the NEC, with support from the Government of the Republic of Liberia, has constructed its own central warehouse and 19 magisterial warehouses across the country to store electoral materials as well as this Conference Hall facility.
Although he is not physically present with us today, Hon. Fromayan is remembered and certainly shares in the gains that we have made in moving our democratic process forward in this country.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, you will recall that following the October 11 elections, the NEC announced that a number of complaints were received from across the country. In total, the NEC received 53 complaints.
Decisions into 48 of those complaints have been rendered by the NEC Hearing Officer; while hearings into the remaining 5 are ongoing. Ruling into two separate cases involving the Congress for Democratic Change and Representative Candidate, Kuku Dorbor of Montserrado County have been appealed to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia.
The NEC remains committed to adjudicating the remaining cases within the statutory period as provided by the Constitution of Liberia and the 1986 New Elections Law.
My Fellow Citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen, in keeping with Article 83(b) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which was amended during the August 23 National Referendum, the NEC, on October 25, 2011 began the process of conducting a run-off election to elect a President and a Vice President of Liberia. The run-off election became necessary when none of the 16 presidential candidates that contested the October 11, 2011 Elections received the required absolute majority to be declared winner on the First Ballot.
Consequently, the two parties with the highest valid votes, Unity Party (UP) and the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), were designated to contest the run-off election. The National Elections Commission wishes to congratulate all the political parties and independent candidates that took part in the elections especially the two parties that made it to the Presidential Run-off Election.
As mentioned during the announcement of the first preliminary results of the Run-off Election, the NEC has received no complaint on the November 8, 2011 Presidential Run-off Election.
The National Elections Commission will now proceed with the announcement of the final results of the November 8, 2011, Presidential Run-off Election.
My fellow citizens, based on the results of the November 8, 2011 Presidential Run-off Election, duly certified by the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission, and by virtue of the authority in me vested as Acting Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the NEC, I do hereby declare Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai as President Elect and Vice President Elect respectively of the Republic of Liberia.
On behalf of the members of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the National Elections Commission, I wish to congratulate the Unity Party on the occasion of its victory in the Presidential Run-off Election.
The NEC wishes to announce that certification of winners in the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections will be held on Monday, November 28, 2011, in the NEC Conference Hall. NEC also wishes to remind all candidates in the 2011 Elections that in keeping with law, they are required to submit full expenditure report to the Commission within 15 days of the announcement of the elections results. Meanwhile campaign Finance Reporting Forms will be available at the NEC Central Office following this final announcement.
Further, the NEC wishes to thank all of its partners for their support to the democratic process in Liberia. We congratulate the Liberian people once again for their victory.
I thank you!
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