MONROVIA, Montserrado â€“ The senatorial by-elections meant to fill the vacancies created in the Senate as the result of George Weahâ€™s and Jewel Howard-Taylorâ€™s ascendency to the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, has suffered a serious setback.
The National Elections Commission recently announced that it received a notification from the Senate on February 13 about the two vacancies.
Following the notification from the Senate, NEC submitted a budget of US$3.9 million meant for the by-elections in Montserrado and Bong.
But Henry Flomo, NECâ€™s director of communications, told ELBC Radio that the commission has postponed the candidatesâ€™ nomination for the by-elections in the two counties.
â€œThe decision of the commission is based on the lack of governmentâ€™s budgetary support,â€ Flomo said.
According to him, since the budget and timetable were submitted to the government for the elections, NEC has not yet received a commitment about the funding.
Flomo said the constitution gives the commission 90 days to conduct the elections, upon notification from the Senate.
He said a failure for the government to address the funding issues could â€œlead to breach in the constitution.â€
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