Ahead of the July 8, 2019 combined By-Elections in Montserrado County, the government of Liberia has promised to shoulder the financial responsibility to pay the registration fees for those who lost their voters cards in Montserrado County.
The intervention by government came after an appeal and complaints by some political parties including some eligible voters unavailability to afford the five United States dollars as fees for lost cards as per the elections laws of Liberia.
According to the Chairman of NEC Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, the latest move by national government allows the commission to extend the previous June 25, 2019 expiration time to June 27, 2019, this Thursday.
He said though the development by the government is laudable but it has now put them under more pressure to work over time but was quick to point out that they are committed to working in time and to achieve the desire goals.
Cllr. Korkoya speaking to reporters noted that as a result of the timely intervention of the government, they have now extended additional center from the previous two centers now to three centers to ensure the process is fast and effective.
The NEC boss however clarified that the commission will not refund monies paid by some people prior to the intervention of the government adding that they acted in line with the constitutional provision guiding the NEC.
He used the occasion to reiterate previous calls to political parties, candidates and supporters to ensure the process is peaceful and civil void of disturbances.
Meanwhile the Headquarters of the NEC on 9th street in Sinkor, Bentol are among the centers for the registration of lost voting cards which is currently ongoing.
With the newest intervention by the government, it is expected that eligible voters who lost their cards will take advantage of the process to ensure they exercise their democratic and constitutional rights to vote on July 8, 2019 in the combined bi-elections in Montserrado County.
Currently as per the elections time table, campaign is ongoing across Montserrado County including district fifteen where the bi election for the house of representative will also take place.
The two bi-elections for Montserrado County came as a result of the deaths of former Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif and former Representative Adolph Lawrence of District fifteen Montserrado County.