National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia has presented to President-elect, George Weah certificate of return alongside his Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard-Taylor and other newly elected members of the House of Representatives.
The presentation of certificates was performed by the commission’s chairman, Mr Jerome Korkoya at the commission’s headquarter in Monrovia.
According to local media, 66 out of the 73 elected lawmakers were certified, leaving out seven who are facing legal challenges over their election in the Oct. 10 general polls.
The new leaders will be sworn into office on January 22nd which is the third working Monday of January as stipulated by Liberia’s Constitution.
Korkoya spoke to the newly elected officers and reminded them of the huge responsibility that comes with the mantle of leadership in public offices.
“The certificate we are presenting to you represents conferral of legitimacy to pronounce you to the world as the duly elected officials.
“”It is also an embodiment of the power, trust and aspiration reposed in you by your various constituents and the people of Liberia as a whole.
“Expectations are high to change the people’s living conditions through the laws, policies and programmes of the incoming government.
The NEC boss appreciated all other contestants in the election for respecting the rule of law by exploring judicial means to seek redress after the elections.
He also acknowledged the contributions of international partners including ECOWAS, AU, USAID, EU and UNDP, which led to the successful conduct of the elections.
President-elect, George Weah pledged to fulfil his campaign promises of improving the lives of Liberians, calling on members of the legislature to put aside politics and work in the interest of the country.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Farid Zarif, lauded Liberians for their peaceful participation in the electoral process.
Zarif called on the new administration to build on the gains made under the leadership of outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and urged the new government to properly manage the country’s abundant natural resources to improve the lives of Liberians.
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