US$17 million Elections’ Funding Gap Worries Government

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Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, says government is concerned about a US$17 million funding gap for the implementation of the activities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and is seeking continued partnership and support to sustain its peace and continued needed reforms.
“So far, out of the US$45 million requested by the NEC, the Liberian government has committed to the payment of US$20 million and the international community has committed about US$8 million. The difference is yet to be committed,” he said.
According to a statement from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Brown expressed the concern in his briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, on the Thirty-Third Progress Report of the Secretary General on the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Liberia’s top diplomat at the United Nations described the successful conduct of peaceful democratic elections as crucial to the sustenance of peace in Liberia and assured that the Government and People of Liberia are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.
“The mere exercise of the choice to freely and fairly elect the leaders of our country, with a sense of growing regularity and confidence in both the electoral processes and the associated outcomes, meaningfully contributes to deepening a new culture of peace, lends itself to democratic governance and expressions, empowers ordinary citizens and keeps the elected leaders duly accountable.
“We intend to continue along this path – resolve the attending irregularities, improve upon the imperfections and deepen public confidence not only in the usefulness of democratic elections but also in the sustainable values of democratic transitions and governance,” he said.
He acknowledged that the sub-region is increasing the space for democratic governance and the peaceful transition of power.