Election results error causing stir in Liberia
An official of Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC) has been dismissed and another staff suspended for six months over an error in a notification to the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) informing the party that it won the first round of the October 11 presidential elections.
Director of the Public Information, Bobby Livingstone, and his deputy were allegedly culpable for the erroneous letter to the CDC that changed the earlier official outcome that gave the victory to the ruling Unity Party.
WADR's Liberia correspondent William Selmah says, this has sparked a lot of condemnation from the general public, with some calling for the immediate resignation of NEC Chairman James Fromayan,
However, the Commission’s Chairman reacted by apologizing for what he says was regrettable, acknowledging "an error that was made in the notice to the Congress for Democratic Change".
"As a result of the undue embarrassment brought to the commission, the board of the commission has reached the decision to dismiss the director of public information Mr.Bobby Livingstone with immediate effect, while the public relations officer has been suspended for a period of six months," Fromayan told a news conference Thursday evening.