By: Wade C. L. Williams, email@example.com
Washington D.C- The Chairman of the National Elections Commission in Liberia Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, continues to face scrutiny about his alleged dual citizenship. LibPolitics has received additional documents showing that the NEC boss is an active voter registered in several states in the United States.
According to documented evidence in our possession, Cllr. Korkoya is registered in Willingboro, New Jersey and Staten Island New York. LiBPolitics also found that the NEC boss has an active address at 195 Steuben St. Staten Island, NY 10304 and was at that address in 2016 during the election that brought republican candidate Donald Trump to power. The mystery surrounding the NEC boss’ presence at the Staten Island address, remains unsolved, it raises questions about whether he was in New York to vote in the 2016 election. As the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration wanted a win for Hillary Clinton, sources say, it is possible that the NEC boss may have been in the U.S at that time to cast his vote for Hillary as he is a registered Democrat.
Korkoya’s citizenship became a hot topic few weeks ago after his denial being and challenged people to provide proof of his citizenship. The head of the NEC who has presided over only a single election has been facing a backlash from critics, some of whom have called for his resignation based on these allegations, first made public by veteran Liberian politician Togba Nah Tipoteh.
LibPolitics initially found and revealed that the NEC boss was naturalized at a ceremony on December 21, 2007 in the city of Willingboro, New Jersey. Korkoya has gone on to vote in the 2008 election that saw Barrack Obama rise to power as the first black president of the United States. LiBPolitics also has access to Korkoya’s naturalization certificate number.
Chairman is originally from Bong County, born to Augustus W. Korkoya, former Superintendent of Bong County and Towhan Salee. The staunch Catholic holds a BA Degree in Political Science and LL.B Degree in Law from the University of Liberia. He also holds an LL.M Degree in Law from the University of Tulane University School Of New Orleans and a Juris Doctor from the Kansas School of Law.
The NEC boss also worked at the Brumskine Law Firm of current Presidential aspirant Charles Brumskine and the Dunbar and Dunbar Law Offices. He has also worked also with the State Government of New Jersey at the Department of Children and Family as a Family Services Specialist.
Responding to allegations that Korkoya owns a U.S passport, the NEC issued a statement vehemently denying the report. The NEC termed the report as a Smear campaign by detractors, maintaining that Korkoya is a Liberian citizen.
“Cllr. Korkoya says that the ongoing smear campaign is false, misleading and an attempt to distract the Commission from carrying out its constitutional mandate of conducting free, fair and transparent elections,” a statement issued by NEC noted.
Korkoya U.S citizenship strips him of his Liberian nationality because the country is not a dual nationality nation; therefore he is in clear violation of Section 2.3 of the Elections Laws of Liberia, which speaks of the qualifications of appointees to the commission. The law states that NEC chair and ‘Every Commissioner shall be a Liberian citizen, be of age not less than 35, and shall be of good moral character’.
Korkoya is an active voter because he has not skipped an election in the United States. One’s voting status “becomes inactive when that person has not cast a ballot in two straight federal elections and failed to return repeated post cards from election officials seeking to verify voters’ addresses.” The law was intended to help clean up the nation’s voter rolls.
“An inactive voter is an individual who has not voted, typically, in literally almost half a decade,” Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler told Fox News in a 2012 article.
Every year, U.S voters send in a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to their local election officials to confirm their eligibility to vote according to the Department of State . The vote’s name is put on a list to receive absentee ballots for any elections held that calendar year.
“They send you a blank absentee ballot electronically or by mail. 2(a). You complete the ballot and send it back so it arrives before your state’s ballot return deadline. 2(b). Or, if you haven’t received your blank ballot 30 days before an election, don’t wait any longer; use the emergency Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to vote.”
The NEC Chair voting record does prove that he voted in every election since 2008 in the United States. Korkoya is not the only person on the NEC that allegedly holds a U.S citizenship. It is also alleged that Commissioner Boakai A. Dukuly and Samuel Joe also hold a U.S citizenship.