Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya has expressed doubts over the possibility of conducting a “credible election” in 2020, due to the Commission being beyond schedule to implement some pre-election activities.
Cllr. Korkoya, appearing before the Senate Tuesday, February 25, he told senators that up to present NEC is yet to receive a dime from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of the US$17 million budget needed for the conduct of the election.
Further, the NEC boss told the lawmakers that, since December 2019 where a commitment of US$7 million was made to get started, the Finance Minister is yet to make good on the commitment. He further stated that he has been informed by Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah that there is no allotment in the budget for the election and that he (Tweah) needs to seek approval from the legislature to source funding for the election.
The NEC Chairman also expressed fear that the government could run into paralysis with one of the wings of the bicameral Legislature becoming non-functional because of the lack of quorum due to the absence of 15 senators, who are set to go for election but might not due to the delay or lack of funding for the Mid-term Senatorial Election.
He bluntly stated that the October election’s pre-activities are far behind schedule and that could affect its transparency.