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Foreign Diplomats hold meeting with NEC Chairman..to ease tension

Monrovia July 31-(TNR) The Chairman of the National Elections Commission Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah on Wednesday held meeting with some western and regional diplomats ahead of the announcement of the by-elections result.

“The ECOWAS Special representative to Liberia, Baba Tunde Ajisomo, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elders and other diplomats held meeting with the Chairman and his team today,” a source privy to the meeting told New Republic.

On Monday, a NEC held two by-elections for Montserrado county-one for senator and the other for district number 15 in the same county. The seats were vacant following the death of Senator Geraldine Sheriff Doe (who died after a protracted illness) and representative Adolf Lawrence who died in a car accident this year.

After the end of the elections, various groups have been claiming victory. Representative Acarous Gray, the official campaign spokesman for the Coalition for Democratic Change candidates-CDC said on local media that their two candidates have won based on the results they had.

Members of the opposition have also claimed victory based on the tally results released by NEC poll workers at the various centers.

This, according to NEC source prompted the meeting with NEC Chairman. “The ambassadors are concerned about that is going on in the country after the elections, in which people are claining victory. They decided to meet and hear from the NEC Chairman,” the source who preferred to remain anonymous said.

“But the Chairman has assured the various ambassadors of transparency in the result,” the source added.

The NEC is expected to release the result later Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

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