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ECC ISSUES PRESS STATEMENT; APPLAUDS HOUSE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS, INAUGURATION AND JUDICIARY FOR RECOMMENDATION TO THE PROPOSED ‘ELECTIONS REFORM LAW’.
MONROVIA, LIBERIA: On May 22, 2014, the ECC Issued a Press Statement applauding the House Committee on Elections, Inauguration and Judiciary for Recommendation to the Proposed ‘Electoral Reform Law’.
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) is pleased to commend the House Standing Committee on Elections, Inauguration and Judiciary for the 3rd April 2014 report on the “Proposed Electoral Reform Law” and applauds her recommendations.
The House Standing Committee on Elections, Inauguration and Judiciary was mandated to review the Election Law of 2006 and advice plenary as to the way forward: section 4.5 (1B) of the Bill required political parties in the submission of their listing of officials and candidates, shall endeavor to submit not less than 30% of each gender; section 5A.1(a) provided for suspension for 2 consecutive elections, of political parties or individual candidates which/who does not win up to 2% of the valid votes count within which the party or candidates contested; and section 7.3(2) of the Bill captioned application and registration fees of the candidates for the position of senators and representatives to be increased up to 600-700% respectively.
The ECC appreciates the analysis of the House Standing Committee on Elections, Inauguration and Judiciary and her considerations in concurrence with the Liberian Senate to pass the Bill. The following considerations recommended by the Committee include;
That section 4.5 (1B) be maintained and recommendation be made to the CRC for consideration in the constitutional Review Process.
That section 5A.1 be removed and deleted.
That section 7.3(2) be adjusted: Registration for the presidency ($20,000.00), Vice Presidency ($10, 000.00), Senate ($1000.00), Members of the House ($750.00), Paramount Chief ($100.00), Clan Chief ($50.00), Town Chief (10.00)
The ECC profoundly supports the House Standing Committee recommendations and agrees that “sound laws based on the principles of justice and equity be taken into consideration due to the peculiar situation of the nation” and that this recommendation should be endorsed to heighten the National Election Commission (NEC) capacity for the effective conduct of credible elections processes that will increase public confidence. As election is a critical process that determines the stability of a democratic nation the wisdom of the committee’s decision encourages the principle of justice and equity for Liberia’s democratic state. Notwithstanding, the ECC considers that the currency listed above for the registration of respective candidates for political offices should be converted in Liberia’s currency for the promotion of our own value system.
The ECC is a coalition of civil society organizations that observed various aspects of the electoral cycle including the 2011 referendum and elections process along with the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections processes.
God Bless Liberia
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Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) is a non-partisan network of civil society organizations that monitors, documents, and reports on election issues to promote transparency and accountability in Liberia and strengthen the democratic process.
Download the PDF of this press release here: eecc-press-release-may-2014