US$1.2 M Needed For By-Elections
-NEC Prepares For Sinoe, Montserrado Counties
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced that US$1.2 million would be needed to conduct two by-elections in Sione and Montserrado Counties.
The pronouncement was made Thursday, September 6, 2018 when NEC issued the writ for election for the two counties.The two by-elections expected to take place were prompted bythe election of former Representative Saah Joseph of Montserrado District 13 recently during a Senatorial election in Montserrado County and the appointment of Sinoe County Senator to the Supreme Court Bench as Associate Justice; Sen. Joseph Nagba was appointed by President George Manneh Weah following the retirement of Justice Philip Z. Banks from the High Court.
In April of 2018, controversy engulfed the process of by-election when the Minister of Finance Mr. Samuel Tweh said, the budget of US$ 3 million for the two by-elections in Bong and Montserrado Counties was overstated and that the government could not fund the budget.
The by-election is the second in a year since the election of President George Weah in 2017 and inaugurated in January 2018.
Making the announcement, NEC co-chair Sarah Jegede Toe said, the candidate nomination was ongoing and expected to end in October; election date is set for November 20, 2018.