The National Elections Commission (NEC) has released key dates leading up to the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The dates are subject to change as conditions may demand, according to the NEC. “But as for October 10, it will remain unchanged because that is provided for by the Constitution as the official date for the elections,” the NEC said.
According to the NEC calendar of events, on today, June 20, the Commission will publish voters’ roll regulations; July 20 to November 30, will begin the accreditation process of civil society and community based organizations, while on November 15, there will be a regional consultation on Civic Voter Education (CVE).
On December 5, NEC will begin the accreditation of party agents, media and observers for voter registration process. On December 29, NEC will publish the list of registration centers and January 4, 2017, the official launch of CVE for registration will take place.
February 1 to March 24, 2017 is voter registration period. May 3 to June 20, 2017, Civic Voter Education for exhibition will be held. May 9, 2017, issuing writ of elections; June 9-30, 2017, accreditation of party agents, media and observers for elections will take place.
Other dates are June 10-20, 2017, exhibition of provisional registration roll and distribution of voter ID cards; June 10-24, 2017, objections and appeals on exhibition to be held and determined; July 1, 2017, release of final voter registration figures; July 2-24, 2017, candidate nominations; July 2-August 9, 2017, objections and appeals on nominations; and July 4, 2017, launch of CVE for 2017 elections.
The remaining dates include July 27, 2017, preliminary list of candidates published; August 8, 2017, final list of candidates published; August 8-October 8, 2017, presidential and representative campaign period; August 15-September 30, 2017, candidates debate period; October 10, 2017, election day; and October 25, 2017, announcement of final results.
NEC Chair Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah assured the public of the Commission’s preparedness to conduct the elections in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner.
He has meanwhile commended the government and its partners for their continued support to the Commission in transitioning national leadership through the conduct of democratic elections.
The 2017 elections will be the third presidential and representative elections since the end of the civil crisis in 2003.