The Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSNL) says its attention has been drawn to the Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Edition of the New Dawn Newspaper headline: “Revealed! US$2.8Million Planted in NEC Budget–Commissioner Floyd Sayor Linked.”
The paper quoted a memo from the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC) accusing the Chairperson of the 2023 Elections Steering Committee, Commissioner Floyd Sayor of inserting US$2.8 Million into the Commission’s 2022 Budget for monitoring and tracking systems, vehicles, bikes and other expenditures without her knowledge.
The Civil Society Network of Liberia explains that the publication is not only false and misleading, but falls short of all budgetary operations.
According to the group, a critical review and analysis of the 2022 Budget of the National Elections Commission shows no budgetary line of US$2.8million; clarifying that the Chairperson of the 2023 Steering Committee does not formulate budget lines.
“There are established activities with attached timeline for all ad-hoc committees on the 2023 Elections. As part of the working of the Ad–hoc Committees, reports on their operational budgets were contained in the commission’s Budget before the Legislature,” the group stated.
The Civil Society Network of Liberia welcomes the LACC recent investigative reports on the National Elections Commission on allegations of corruption and financial improprieties by the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, Madam Davidetta Brown Lansanh.
Meanwhile, CSNL said to maintain the integrity and morality of the National Elections Commission, President Weah should suspend Madam Brown Lansanh for time indefinite to enable her focus on her prosecution at the Court.