Rufus Berry: ‘It’s Now time for Cllr. Jerome Korkoya to Resign as Chairman of NEC’

 

Come January 2018 as President-elect of the Republic of Liberia, that person should be committed to using the bully pulpit of the Presidency to lead a national discussion on the importance of dual-citizenship.

In my opinion, I think the law should be changed to recognize dual citizenship. The primary objective to change the law is to ease the re-integration of Liberians returning particularly from the United States of America, and to help attract investors and top class talent to invest, live, and work in Liberia. However, until the current law is changed, noncitizens are prohibited from voting and/or actively participating in Liberia’s elections. Again, until the law is changed, the current chairman of NEC is an illegal alien who shouldn’t be presiding over Liberia’s elections.

I’m in total agreement with Dr. Tipoteh about the evidence presented about Mr. Korkoya’s U.S. citizenship, as “truth telling” and not “distractions”. This man must not and should not preside over our elections. He’s an illegal alien under our constitution. I careless what the illegal NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya dresses, walks or talks like. I also careless if he was born and raised in Bong County. He traveled to the US and freely decided to obtain US citizenship… Based on his free choice, he lost his Liberian citizenship…

We must respect the Liberian Constitution and the new Elections Law. During this election period, we must live and be govern by the rule of law and not by the opinion of few political parties. Therefore, I care less about what a group of opposition political parties do or say in defense of the embattled National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, in regards to his U.S. citizenship.

The Republic of Liberia still does not recognize dual-citizenship (meaning, if your parents were/are Liberians and you were born at maternity center or any of the hospitals in Liberia), but traveled to the United States and took the Oath of Allegiance to become a naturalized citizen, you technically took the Oath and renounced and abjured absolutely and entirely all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign state, or sovereignty of which you were a citizen.




How can the National Elections Commission, that’s charged with the duty to protect our elections process from ‘Non-citizen Voting Fraud’ and to keep illegal foreign donations from getting into Liberia’s election campaigns, be headed by a person who isn’t a Liberian according to our constitution.

The illegal NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, should do the right thing and immediately resign as Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC). This was the same Cllr. Jerome Korkoya who had the perfect opportunity to make a positive change for many of our brothers and sisters who have obtained foreign citizenship. What did he do when he was given this amazing opportunity? Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, who was the lead lawyer (Yes – Lead Lawyer) on the dual citizen case and was extremely closed to making a transformational difference in winning the case for many of our brothers and sisters, including himself – He abandoned the case and accepted a job as Chairman of NEC.

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