MONROVIA, 23 March 2021, Tuesday, representatives of Vendors who provided services to thee 2020 Special Senatorial Elections, (SSE), Constitutional Referendum and Representative By-elections held a meeting at their request with the Chairperson and Senior Executive Officers of the National Elections Commission, (NEC) on Thursday, 18 March 2021.
The meeting sought to highlight the challenges faced by the vendors due to the lack of payment of liabilities to their companies by the NEC.
Most of the vendors spoke about pending court actions against them and increased interest rates on loans to pre-finance services to NEC.
They indicated that doing business with the NEC during the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections without payment to them, has become a burden to their companies and families and has rendered them credit unworthy with Banking Institutions. Some of the companies affected are, Solid Rock Logistics, Bean Transport, Mawata Transport, Jimmy Incorporated and LINK Liberia Incorporated.
NEC Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah underscored the difficulty in making payment to vendors in the absence of funding from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, since the Commission does not raise its own funds.
The NEC Boss explained that the Commission has made representation to the authorities backed by series of documentations and mobile calls and text messages raising the issue of payment to vendors and that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is yet to provide the remaining US$3.milliom plus to the Commission to enable NEC service its debt. The NEC Chairperson appeal to the vendors as the Commission re-strategizes to ensure the NEC gets funded to address its liabilities.
Acting Deputy Comm. Director