NEC Under Pressure For Non-Payment To Vendors
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is under pressure from vendors and others who rendered services for the Commission for payment owed those institutions.
Some of the vendors who spoke to this paper said that for weeks now they have been finding it difficult to receive money from the Commission, despite many promises made to hem. They said further that they rendered services for the Commission during the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections.
However, they said since then, they are yet to receive the money from the Commission and have threatened that if they do not get their money in the next few days, they would pursue the legal path.
When contacted, a source at the Commission admitted that the Commission is “under pressure” from these vendors for payment for legitimate services rendered during the elections.
The source said that they have paid frequent visits at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on the matter, but to no avail.
The source pointed out that he money being requested from the Commission is already in the account of the Commission at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) but a recent policy by the government for certain amount to be approved by the President is causing this embarrassment.
“This is not new money we are requesting from the new government; this is money in the bank that was approved by the former government of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Besides NEC, there are other institutions which are faced with similar situations, thus finding it difficult to pay vendors for services rendered.