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‘World Anticipates Smooth Transition In Liberia,’ Swedish Envoy
By Chiedi E. Nyenmoh

MONROVIA, December 17 (LINA) - “The world is anticipating a very smooth electoral and transition process in Liberia,” Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordstrom has said.

The Swedish Ambassador made the statement at the signing of a contribution agreement worth US$ 2.7 million with the National Elections Commission (NEC) at its headquarters recently in Monrovia.

She said the fund will be provided through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Ambassador Nordstrom appealed that all of Liberia’s genuine partners must ensure that this comes to fruition through the conduct of a successful electoral process.

The signing ceremony between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swedish Government comes at the time when NEC is preparing to conduct the 2017 Presidential Election and General Elections.

“The Swedish Government and UNDP are committed in supporting the NEC in strengthening its administrative and operational structure and to ensure that the most essential needs of the NEC are addressed and that a platform is established to engage with core electoral stakeholder,” the Swedish Envoy stressed.

The Ambassador also made specific reference to prioritizing eligible youth and women voters during the civic engagement exercises so that they can be adequately prepared to form part of the decision-making process of the country.

Nordstrom stated that she wants more women to be elected to the National Legislature as a way of giving President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf “a good
send-off, being the first democratically elected female President on
the African continent.”

In remarks, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah lauded the Swedish Government for its continuous support to the country, especially to the NEC, and assured that his institution is making every necessary preparation to ensure that there are free, fair and transparent elections next year.

It can be recalled that the European Union (EU) has contributed US$10 million
towards the country’s 2017 election process.


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