Washington D.C- The Chairman of the National Elections Commission in Liberia Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has come under huge criticism for his possession of United States Citizenship and serving in an important government position. 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 upon these allegations, first made public by veteran Liberian politician Togba Nah Tipoteh, LibPolitics decided to launch its own research to verify the NEC’s boss citizenship.
This is what we found. We found 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.
Chairman is originally from Bong County, born to Augustus W. Kokoya, 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 and the NEC could have violated Section 2.3 of the Elections Laws of Liberia, which speaks of the qualifications of appointees to the commission, by denying his US citizenship. The law states that NEC and ‘Every Commissioner shall be a Liberian citizen, be of age not less than 35, and shall be of good moral character’.
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 also holds a U.S citizenship.