Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya
‘Go To Court’ - Korkoya Challenges Accusers
By Catherine B. Nyenkan
MONROVIA, April 17 (LINA) - The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, has challenged those accusing him of being a citizen of the United States of America to go to court.
“I am a Liberian and if anyone holds a contrary view to that he or she should prove that in court,” Korkoya said.
Speaking on the VOA “Day Break Africa” Monday, Korkoya said the campaign being launched about his citizenship is intended to distract and intimidate the Elections Commission.
Korkoya’s statement comes in the wake of several media reports indicating that the NEC boss is a citizen of the United States.
It can be recalled that the NEC in a release recently quoted Korkoya as describing the accusation as a smear campaign that is false, misleading, and an attempt to distract the commission from carrying out its constitutional mandate of conducting free, fair and transparent elections.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Tiawon Gongloe has said Chairman Korkoya’s answer to the accusation is not enough.
“My view is that if he is not an American citizen he should affirmatively say so, but to say let them go to court is not a direct denial,” Gongole told the VOA.
Gongole said as a public issue, the NEC boss is under obligation to clearly tell the Liberian public that he is not an American citizen.
Korkoya, however, said he does not intend to argue what he is or what he is not, adding that if his accusers are serious they should go to court.