All is now set for the successful conduct of 2014 Special Senatorial Election, that’s according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).
The electoral body at the weekend issued the Writ of Election to the magistrates across the country to go out and conduct the polls.
Issuance of the Writ means that resources, logistics and other vital materials needed to stage the process are either on hand or in sight.
A Writ of Election is a legal instrument that authorizes election magistrates to proceed with the conduct of elections.
At the ceremony in Monrovia, NEC through its Electoral Clerk mandated the 19 Elections Magistrates across the country to conduct a Special Senatorial Election for 15 senatorial seats in Liberia.
Madam Antoinette B. Johnson, who is NEC’s Electoral Clerk, instructed the magistrates to hold election on October 14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all 15 counties of the country and report to central office with the results, as the electoral law demands.
She authorized the magistrates to certify the endorsement of the Writ of Election by submitting to her office, the results of the Election following the completion of the process.
Madam Johnson’s action was prompted by previous mandate issued her by NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, to issue the Writ of Election to the 19 Elections Magistrates.
The issuance of the Writ is a requirement of Chapter 4 Sub-section 4.3 of the New Elections Law of 1986.
The New Elections Law of 1986 requires the issuance of a Writ of Election not later than 90 days prior to the conduct of an election.
Said process should have been issued on May 9, 2014 but was suspended. Sources close to the Commission had hinted to the Daily Observer “lack of resources” to hold the Special Election.
With the issuance of the Writ, elections observers believe that the electoral body and national government have resolved the issue of funding for the process amidst budgetary shortfall strangulating the economy.
Government attempted borrowing US$10.3 million to fund the process, but up to press time, it is unclear which chamber of the Capitol Building said financial agreement is stock in.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Korkoya has directed that the last day for Nomination of Candidates by duly registered political parties, alliances, coalitions and independent candidates shall be the 24th Day of July 2014.