Monrovia_The Elections Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has released the guidelines and electoral calendar for this year’s LFA leadership elections which will be held on April 14th during the Elections Congress.
The 2018 Election Calendar released on Friday, March 9, 2018 said Nomination, Registration and Scrutiny of Candidates will run from the March 9 to 19, 2018.
The final listing of candidate will be released on the 21st of March 2018.
In an eight-count guidelines, the Commission said the Election shall be conducted free of Governmental and/or non-governmental interference as contained in the LFA Electoral Code by any individual and/or official of Government or non-governmental institution, and to include the candidates and their supporters.
The Commission in a released warned any candidate(s) who will be found of violating this Electoral Code will be disqualified.
The Commission also released the fees for those seeking elected position at the football house:
Presidential Candidates: USD $2,500.00
Vice Presidential Candidates: USD $1,500.00
Executive Committee Candidates: USD $1,000.00
Additionally, Presidential candidates are required to have at least five (5) nominations from Stakeholders; Vice Presidential candidates at least three (3) nominations; while there’s no nomination requirement for Executive Committee candidates. No single club can nominate more than one candidate in the same category.
Presidential candidates must be at least 35 years old and a high school graduate.
The elections calendar disclosed that Campaign period will run from March 21 to April 13, 2018 and there shall be no campaigning with money (buying of votes). Any candidate or his/her supporters who are reported and or found inducing stakeholders with money for votes will be disqualified.
The Election Committee has warned that candidates and stakeholders found guilty of campaigning on profanities and falsehood without evidence will be disqualified and barred from contesting and voting. There shall be no profanities during the election.
The release from the Election Commission said two separate debates will be held with the Vice Presidential debate taking place on April 5 while the Presidential will be held on April 6, 2018.
The Elections Committee has advised there shall be absolutely NO phone(s), Cameras or any devices on voters while they are in the process of casting their ballots.
Eligible voters will be checked before they are allowed to vote. There will be absolutely NO camping of stakeholders. Any candidate who camps voters before elections will be automatically disqualified, the release concluded.