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Now That Fromayan Is Out Of The Picture
Monday 31st October 2011

The resignation of James Fromayan as head of the National Elections Commission Sunday brings to an end a crucial chapter in Liberia’s post war political quagmire.

The embattled Fromayan stepped down from his position on Sunday in what he described as being in the supreme interest of the people of Liberia.

The resignation brings to an end a rollercoaster controversy dubbed “letter-gate”, heralding what NEC officials called an “inadvertent error” a letter declaring first round victory to the Congress for Democratic Change. The elections commission had prior to the controversial letter declared first round victory to the ruling Unity Party with 43.9 percent to the CDC’s 32.7 percent.

Fromayan, under fire from pressure groups and a cross section of Liberians in a statement on Sunday said: “Effective today, October 30, 2011, I hereby resign my position as Chairman of the National Elections Commission. I wish for the people of Liberia a peaceful holding of the presidential run-off elections. May it be characterized by the same atmosphere of calm and peace that attended the October 11, 2011 elections? In my private capacity, I shall continue to do everything in my power to promote justice, fair play and equality in Liberia”. On Sunday, Fromayan did what many did not expect, resigning on the heels of a United States Inter-Agency report culled from interviews conducted by various agencies within the united States Government with over 1,000 Liberians across Bong, Lofa, Monstserradpo and Nimba Counties with raised questions about among other things the independence of the National Elections Commission and its relationship with the ruling Unity Party and valid fears of uncertainty regarding the upcoming presidential run-off elections on November 8.

We welcome the decision of Mr. Fromayan to step aside and also embrace a statement from the opposition Liberty Party calling on the CDC not to disengage from the electoral process.

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