IFES Delegation Pays Courtesy Call on Vice President Boakai

Wednesday, 28th October 2009
Vice President Joseph Boakai, NEC Chairman James Fromoyan, and a member of the IFES delegation hold meetings at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
Vice President Joseph Boakai, NEC Chairman James Fromoyan, and a member of the IFES delegation hold meetings at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Office of the Vice President
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has said  the Legislature is expediting measures to ensure passage of the Threshold Bill.

The Vice President, who is also President of the Liberian Senate, however said he personally wants a Threshold Bill that will not just work but that is also legal. He urged Liberians to understand and accept that certain counties are small while others are large, and should be treated as such.

Vice President Boakai gave the assurance on October 28, when the visiting President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. based International Foundation of Election Systems (IFES), Mr. William R. Sweeney, Jr., accompanied by National Elections Commission Chairman James Fromoyan, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

He said Liberians should understand that passing the Threshold Bill at a certain ceiling will mean that there will be more legislators, implying that the country will spend more money on paying people than on undertaking development projects. “We must be realistic. We want more development,” he added.

Earlier, the NEC chairman and IFES president expressed concern about delays in the passage of the Threshold Bill, noting that it is vital for the 2011 elections.
 
The NEC chairman and the visiting IFES official informed Vice President Boakai about the USD$17.5 grant made to Liberia by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for cthe 2011 presidential and general elections.

Mr. Fromoyan said the USD$17.5 million can only be utilized if the Threshold Bill is passed.
Mr. Sweeney informed Vice President Boakai that IFES has been involved with the National Elections Commission since 1994, and described the partnership with NEC as ‘exceptional’. He said the grant by USAID provides another opportunity for building democracy in Liberia.