3.9M Needed For BI-Elections


The National Elections commission says it needs 3.9 Million USD for the conduct of two separate bi-elections in both Montserrado and Bong Counties.

The amount which is yet to be approved according to NEC Chair Cllr Jerome Korkoya will cover printing of ballot papers, transporting of election materials across the 2,292 polling places in the two Counties and/or the payment of election workers.

Addressing a news conference at the headquarters of NEC on Monday, Cllr Korkoya informed Journalists that the budget was crafted and submitted to the finance Ministry and forwarded to President George Weah including Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Senate pro-tempt Albert Chea for their timely consideration.

The NEC boss stressed the need for the budgetary discussions to be concluded urgently in order for his team to meet the electoral timetable stipulated in the Constitution of the land.

The bi-elections come as a result of the election of then Montserrado County Senator George Weah as President and then Bong County Senator Chief Jewel Howard Taylor as vice President in a tripartite arrangement in 2017.

Article 37 of the organic Law of Liberia, the Constitution, mandates the National Elections Commission to cause a bi-election(s) to be held not later than 90 days there after the declaration of a vacant seat(s) with in a given local.

In Montserrado County, there are 778,291 registered voters while Bong County has 208,123 registered voters both accumulating to 45% of the total number of registered voters in Liberia.

According to Korkoya, an estimated 12,000 temporary field staff including poll workers, gender mobilizers, civic educators and election supervisors will be required for the two bi-elections.