An official of the National Elections Commission (NEC) confirms here that 105 females have been nominated to contest the October 10th Presidential and Representative Elections.
Mr. Henry Flomo, Information Officer of the NEC confirms the figure in Monrovia on Monday, 10 July when he spoke to reporters. He says the nominees represent various political parties that have been processed in the current Candidate Nomination process at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, suburb of the Liberian capital.
Flomo continues that besides the 105 female contestants, the NEC has also qualified eight other candidates.
According to the NEC Information Officer, the list of candidates vying for the presidency could increase in coming weeks as the commission is still certificating nominees to participate in the electoral process.
Mr. Flomo, who did not name the political parties which these contestants are from, says NEC decided to add an additional 10 days to allow other would-political parties to file in their respective candidates’ listing to the Commission.
In a related development, National Patriotic Party (NPP) strongman Representative George Mulbah and Representative Julius Berrian of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) have respectively quitted their political institutions.
According to information, both lawmakers have crossed over to the Peoples’ Unification Party (PUP).Representative Mulbah told a local radio station in Monrovia that he left the NPP because of the manner in which the party leader, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, is administering the affairs of the ex-ruling party.
The NPP is an offspring of the disbanded rebels National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) founded by former jailed Liberian president Charles Ghankay Taylor.Mr. Taylor is serving a 50 years sentence in Britain for aiding and abetting former RUF rebels in Sierra Leone.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne