For Jerome Korkoya, A Knock-Out Punch too hard to Overcome

Embattled NEC Chair, Korkoya.

By A Special Correspondent

Monrovia, Liberia – The integrity of the electoral process that’s underway in Liberia was called into question this week as the National Elections Commission Chairman, Jerome Korkoya, is being accused of being a US citizen.

Liberian constitution and the country’s new elections law forbid a non-Liberian from holding the position that Mr. Korkoya currently holds.

Although Korkoya has denied the allegations, there is mounting pressure from some civic society organizations and individuals for him to resign. Among those calling for his resignation are Nimba County Senator, Prince Johnson, and presidential candidate, Togba-Nah Tpoteh.

Mr. Korkoya says anyone who challenges his citizenship should take him to court. He said he does not believe that the social media is a court to adjudicate the matter.

Records printed from the internet purported to be the voting records of Mr Korkoya is on social media. The record shows Mr. Korkoya is a registered member of the Democratic Party in the United States and may have voted in US elections.

Two of the voter registration records were taken from New York and New Jersey. Mr. Korkoya has not refuted those records except that he reaffirms his Liberian citizenship.

Presidential Candidate Tippoteh: ‘Korkoya must resign.’

The US has a policy of not commenting on the citizenship of individuals. So, validating Mr. Korkoya’s citizenship from American officials is very unlikely.

However, experts think the voting records, if validated, could be a knock-out blow to Mr. Korkoya, who must then leave his lucrative job as NEC chairman.

A group calling itself Concerned Eligible Voters for Transparency and Accountability in Monrovia, plans to launch a mass protest and petition the National Legislature to declare a vote of no confidence in Mr. Korkoya.

But there is public doubt the legislature will act since there’s also public suspicion that some members of the Legislature may be holding US citizenship.

A bill seeking dual citizenship has been in the making but doesn’t seem to be gaining popular support from law makers.






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