The Bush Chicken has gathered that the National Elections Commission and the Ministry of Finance and Development have agreed on the amount of US$1.5 million for the senatorial by-elections in Montserrado and Bong.
The senatorial by-elections meant to fill the vacancies created in the Senate as the result of George Weah’s and Jewel Howard-Taylor’s ascendency to the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, has suffered a serious setback.
With two days until the runoff election and all Supreme Court cases now resolved, the major question on the mind of voters is how prepared the country is for the December 26 election.
In the first round of the presidential elections, the number of invalid votes was the equivalent of the number of people who turned out to vote in River Gee, Grand Kru, and River Cess, combined.
The gender equity requirement in the elections law appears to have no consequences as no political party has met the 30 percent threshold set and the National Elections Commission has said it will not penalize the parties.
As the deadline approaches for the candidate nominations for the October 10 elections, there have been many developments that have called for clarification, especially with news of candidates being rejected and the nomination period being extended.
The National Elections Commission has warned four political parties for engaging in campaigning ahead of the period set aside for campaigning for the upcoming October 2017 general and presidential elections.
Liberians living abroad under the umbrella of the All Liberian Diaspora Conference have threatened to file a lawsuit against the National Elections Commission for allegedly denying them their right to vote in the national elections while staying outside the country.