The National Elections Commission (NEC) has officially declared the political campaign for the holding of two separate by – elections both in Montserrado and Sinoe Counties. One of those by – elections will be conducted in Montserrado County for a representative seat in Electoral District #13 and the other will be conducted in Sinoe County for a senatorial seat.
These two by – elections come separately due to the election to the Senate of ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Rep. Saah Joseph, and President George Manneh Weah’s appointment of Senator Joseph Nagbe as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.Announcing the opening of campaign, the NEC advices candidates to campaign peacefully and live within the conferment of the laws.
Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia, 17 October, NEC Co- Chairman Cllr. Sarah Toe declared campaign for the Senatorial By-elections in Sinoe County and the Representative by-election in Montserrado County District #13 opened.“The campaign period commences today and will end at midnight on Sunday, November 18, 2018,” Cllr. Toe says.
Madam Toe says candidates in the by-elections are advised to go about their campaign in a peaceful manner, void of violence and in keeping with the laws of Liberia.She asks candidates to submit their campaign schedules to the Elections Magistrates to avoid conflict during the campaign.
Further, the NEC says parties and candidates listed are asked to submit the list of agents that will man the pools on their behalf on November 20, 2018.Madam Toe notes that following the nomination period which ran from September 24 to October 6, 2018, the Commission on Tuesday published the list of 12 candidates to contest the Representative by-election in Montserrado County District #13 and four candidates to contest the Senatorial By-election in Sinoe County.
Those contesting for the Sinoe County Senatorial by election are Cllr. Augustine Chie of the ruling CDC; former Development Superintendent Romeo Quiah of the United People’s Party; Mr. Jarbah Gboloh Klahn of VOLT and Othello Doe Nagbe of CLP respectively.
The NEC Co Chairman also announces that there are 13 candidates vying for the Montserrado County post, including CDC’s John Wiah; Independent Richard Pratt; MVOL’s O’neal Oral Roberts; VCP’s Mama Kiziel Siah Sicarr, among others.
In an effort to beef up the manpower needed in Sinoe County, the Commission says it has deployed two base teams to assist the Elections Magistrate in the conduct of the Senatorial By-election. It says one team is deployed in Billibo Creek while the other is in Diyankpo.
The NEC says it has recruited a total of 36 Civic Educators (CVE), and Gender Mobilizers for the Representative by-election in Electoral District #13, Montserrado County and the Senatorial by-election in Sinoe County.
It says training will begin on 18 October, and deployment will commence on 20 October.
“The CVE initiative for the by-elections, the Civic and Voter Education Section will on October 22, 2018, begin consultation with relevant stakeholders in the areas where the by-elections are being held,” the Commission concludes
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley