Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have said that all is set for the conduct of Montserrado Electoral District #13, and Sinoe County By-Elections, because ballot papers for the exercises have arrived in the country.
The chairperson of the steering committee of the two by-elections, Cllr. Sarah Toe over the weekend made the disclosure at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.
“A total of 127,600 ballot papers for the two by-elections are currently in the country and under the protection of officers of the Liberia National Police,” Toe announced.
She informed journalists that the ballot papers were printed in Ghana and transported via a chartered airplane to the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
She said of the 127,600 ballot papers, 77,000 are for Montserrado Electoral District #13, while 57,600 are for Sinoe County Senatorial by-election.
The vacancy in Montserrado District #13 was created following Representative Saah Hardy Joseph’s election to the Senate on August 31. Former Rep. Joseph, a stalwart of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), defeated six candidates in the senatorial race, while former Cuttington University President, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, defeated five other candidates in Bong County.
The vacancies in Montserrado and Bong were created following the election of Senators George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor (now President and Vice President, respectively).
Sinoe County Senatorial vacancy became necessary when President Weah appointed Senator Joseph Nagbe to the Supreme Court Bench as one of the Associate Justices, following the retirement of Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, because of age limitation, which is at 70 years for Judges.
As provided for by law, the NEC was notified of the two vacancies by the offices of Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers on August 23 and September 3, 2018.