The National Elections Commission or NEC on Thursday, January 4, 2018 certificated winners of the 2017 legislative and presidential elections in acknowledgement of their victories in the just-ended elections.
Over 60 members of the House of Representatives, President-elect, George M. Weah and Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard Taylor were certificated during what was described as an elaborate ceremony.
Bomi County District #1 Representative elect, Edwin Melvin Snowe and Rep. Thomas Fallah of Montserrado District #5, who is reportedly were absent at the certification ceremony.
The electoral commission has meanwhile withheld certificates of seven electoral districts because of disputed poll results.
The certification ceremony is the confirmation of the legitimacy of mantle of authority vested in the elected officials by the voters and paves the way for inauguration.
Speaking during the certification program, NEC’s Chairman Jerome Korkoyah called on the President-elect, Vice President-elect and Representatives elect to see the certification beyond conferral legitimacy, but as an embodiment of authority to perform the functions for which they were elected.
In brief remarks, President-elect, George Weah, reminded his colleagues from the opposition that the political campaign is over and it is time to work together.
Ambassador Weah challenged Liberians to feel free discussing the government and politics everywhere with no fear and favor.
The President elect also said his victory must not be seen as an opportunity to create jobs for friends but an opportunity to work harder to emancipate all Liberians from poverty and deprivation.
By: Sylvester Worwee