The National Elections Commission or NEC announces a budget of US$1.2 million to conduct by-election in Montserrado County Electoral District#13, and senatorial by-election in Sinoe County, respectively.
The Commission made the disclosure Thursday, 6th September while issuing two separate writs of elections to Elections Magistrates from both counties for the pending by-elections scheduled for 20th November 2018.
The Co-Chairperson of NEC, Cllr. Elizabeth Toe, says budget for the by-elections have already been submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for execution.
Speaking at program marking the declaration of the issuance of writs to the counties’ magistrates, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya notes that due to economic constraints, the commission decided to combine the two by-elections to cut cost.
Giving timetable on the conduct of the by-elections, Cllr. Korkoya reveals candidates’ nomination starts now and will end October 20, while Liberians are expected to go to the poll on November 20, to elect a representative and senator respectively.
The by-elections are as a result of the election of former Montserrado County Electoral District #13 epresentative Saah Joseph to the Liberian Senate, while former Senator Cllr. Joseph Nagbe was appointed to fill vacancy created at the Supreme Court of Liberia as the result of the retirement of former Associate Justice Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks.
Meanwhile, NEC assures Liberians and the international community it is prepared to conduct free, fair and transparent elections as it had conducted in previous elections.
Senator Saah Joseph got elected to the senate as result of the Weah-Taylor Ticket that won the presidency in 2017. The election of the duo created vacancies in Bong and Montserrado respectively, hence the need to fill the vacancies.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor