NEC Wants US$455K to Hold District By-election in Bong County

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NEC headquarters in Monrovia

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has submitted a budget of US$455,892.12 to the House of Representatives for approval to conduct a by-election in Electorial District #2,  Bong County.

In a communication to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Cllr. Davidetta Browne-Lansanah, Chairperson of NEC’s Board of Commissioners, said the budget submission follows a communication received from the House of Representatives, dated February 4, 2021, as an official notification of a vacancy created by the election of Rep. Prince K. Moye of District #2, Bong County in compliance with Article 37 of the Constitution. 

Article 37 states: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the Elections Commission thereof. The Elections Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections.”

This article, therefore, conforms to the reality now that Bong County District #2 Representative, Prince Moye who won the December 8 senatorial election last year, is now in the Senate and the district seat has remained vacant within the period prescribed by the Constitution and therefore needs filling.

According to the NEC, District #2 Bong County is comprising of 30,042 eligible voters, 70 polling places, 22 voting precincts.

The NEC said with the total eligible voters at 30,042; the cost per voter is US$15.18 summing to US$455,892.12.

The two-term Bong County District #2 Representative and former Deputy Speaker Rep. Moye defeated incumbent Senator Henry Yallah in the conclusive December 8 midterm election with the accumulation of 39,337 votes (equivalent to 51.28%).

Senators Snowe, Pennue made History

Meanwhile, according to an impeccable source from the office of the Chief Clerk, Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon is expected to also write the NEC hopefully Friday, notifying the election body about two vacancies because of the elections of Bomi County District #1 Representative Edwin M. Snowe, Jr. and Grand Gedeh County District #1 Representative Zoe E. Pennue, respectively.

The two former Representatives made history again for the third time to be the only two Representatives to serve 15 years in the House of Representatives and be jointly certificated and sworn in as Senators on Tuesday, February 23, to serve for nine years.

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  1. Since our so-called lawmakers claim by requiring representatives aspiring for senatorial seats to resign their seats to avoid the extra financial burdens on the country like what we are faced with here would be “unconstitutional,” then the alternative should be to require such “double-dippers” to underwrite the cost of their deliberate selfish actions.

    Knowing full well that the greed of such self-centered rascals for more salaries if elected is what leads to this unnecessary financial burden on the nation, it is therefore logical that such hustlers be made to pay for their mess.

    We either institute such strigent measures as a deterant to that punzi scheme, or we will continue to be co-conspirators.

    And it seems the NEC relishes this ploy, given the extra and unjustify mulla they stand to gain from the whole scheme. What, for example, could be the justification for estimating $15.18 per voter when the NEC does not do voters education, plus other activities that would amount to that estimation? When you also consider the fact there shouldn’t be any need for additional trainings for election magistrates and poll workers that were just trained for the same functions 2 months ago, then you can see why that “$15.18” is a big flimflam or scam. And we are talking just one county yet! Everybody must have heard of the “Extra budgetary allocation.” So so Alibabas!

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