According to the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya at a Press Conference held yesterday, November 17, 2014 at the Headquarters of the NEC, campaigning leading to the mid-term senatorial elections on December 16, 2014 will begin on November 20, 2014 across the country for all certified candidates by the electoral body and end 24 hours to Election day. He also used the time to officially launch the civic and voter education for 139 candidates that have been certified by the National Elections Commission.
Cllr. Jerome Korkoya furthered that though the country wasn’t yet free from the deadly Ebola Virus, the Commission was adhering to every preventive measure been outlined by the Ministry Of Health and other International Medical groups, and was doing everything possible to have an elections safe enough. He said that NEC would regulate congestion of people during the campaign and requests all candidates to do same.
There are 400 civic educators that will be deployed to carryout civic education.
At the News conference, Chairman Korkoya also informed the Liberia people, that December 16, 2014 is the date set by the NEC to conduct mid-term Senatorial Elections in Liberia.
The National Elections body has also informed the Liberian people that two million six hundred and forty thousand ballot papers arrived in the country via the Roberts International Airport from Accra, Ghana. He said the elections materials are under secured protection by state security.
There have been a lot of debates surrounding the holding of mid-term Senatorial Elections due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, while many have raised constitutional issues that postponing elections would lead to constitutional crisis, others see the eradication of Ebola as been paramount for now.
By: Arthur R.M. Becker
AwakeAfrica: Correspondent/ Reporter- Liberia