The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced its readiness to conduct voting on April 21 for an occupant for the recently vacated seat of Representative for District #2, Rivercess County.
Ten candidates, including a female from the Alternative National Congress (ANC), are vying for the seat to succeed former Representative Francis Paye who relinquished it to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial Election. Paye defeated incumbent Jonathan Banney, becoming the first to walk out of the chamber of the House and into the Senate.
Paye’s seat was announced vacant by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler on January 22 and with that notice, NEC was authorized to conduct elections for the post.
Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Acting NEC Chairperson Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, disclosed the arrival in the country of 24,200 ballot papers for an expected 16,003 registered voters at 42 polling stations across the district.
Commissioner Toe further informed reporters that 200 temporary staffers are being processed to serve as poll workers and shortlisted pollsters are to be trained to conduct polling activities on Election Day, April 21, 2015.
The Commissioner announced that 44 national and 26 international observers have been accredited to monitor the election process, lending the necessary element of credibility to the polls.
“About 840 independent candidates and political party agents have also been accredited to observe the voting process. Among institutions accredited by the Commission thus far are the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United States Embassy, African Union, European Union, UNMIL, UNDP, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) the Elections Coordinating Committee and the Angie Brooks International among others,” Commissioner Toe announced.
Meanwhile, since the campaign was officially declared open on March 25, “there has been no official report of rancor or misbehavior either on the part of the candidates or their supporters,” Madam Toe indicated.
She called on all participants in the process to remain peaceful and tolerant in order to keep the democratic process on course.
“We call on registered voters in Electoral District #2, Rivercess County to turn out en mass and vote for the candidate of their choice,” she declared.
All eyes are on the Rivercess County electoral district comprising 19 voting precincts and 42 polling stations for the more than 16,000 anticipated voters.