NEC Set For By-Election
-As Govt. Provides More Funding
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has disclosed that it has received additional US$1 million from the Government of Liberia to conduct of the Senatorial By-elections in Montserrado and Bong Counties.
Addressing a press conference at the NEC headquarters in Sinkor on Wednesday, NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya said the total amount received so far from the government and partners for the conduct of the by-elections is US$2,087, 223.He said of this amount, US$1,509,938 was provided by the Liberian government; US$565, 835 by UNDP, EU, Sweden, Irish Aid and Canada and US$11, 450 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said the commission has begun consummating agreements for international procurement for the printing of ballots and provision of pre- packaged kits for the by-elections.
The NEC Chairman pointed out that though there is an outstanding amount of US$690,706.45 of the US$2,777, 929.45 that was agreed upon by the NEC and the government of Liberia for the two by-elections, the amount on hand so far can kick-start the election preparation process.
Korkoya, however, indicated that because the ninety days grace period for holding the by- election has elapsed; the NEC no longer has the authority to set a new date for the conduct of the by-elections.
He explained that the commission is holding consultations with the relevant authorities to set a new date for the by-elections.
Korkoya has, at the same time, pointed out that the commission has concluded the nomination of candidates for the two by-elections.
He said eleven of the twelve aspirants have been notified, adding that a complaint was filed against Marvin Cole, a Senatorial aspirant for Bong County.
Korkoya noted that assessment of polling places in Bong County has been completed, while the assessment of polling places in Montserrado County is ongoing.