Official campaigns for October polls will start on July 31, National Elections Commission or NEC has said.
The electoral body stuck to the initial date announced in spite of reports of illegal ongoing campaigns already taking place across the country.
NEC chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, has at the same time called on political parties and independent aspirants to carry out their campaign processes in peaceful manner.
Campaign ends October 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia, Monday, Cllr. Korkoya said the Commission is pleased to announce that 1028 applicants are in the race for the 2017 presidential and representative elections; 20 presidential aspirants and 986 representative contenders.
However, NEC boss was quite to note that that number could be reduce based on the outcome of cases being adjudicated.
He put the final figures from the 2017 Voter Registration exercise at 2,183,683.
meanwhile, the Commission says it’s aware that the credibility of the electoral process, to a large extent hinges on the credibility of the voter register.
“When citizens complained of their names not being on the roll following the publication of provisional voters’ roll, the commission took a number of steps to correct the situation.
“NEC hired a reputable date management group Super Tech of Ghana to audit our provisional roll.
“Recruited a data expert recommanded by UNDP, who worked with our Data Center on line in correcting some of the challenges we had,” NEC Chairman Korkoya said.
The Commission further disclosed that it undertook physical count of all the OMR forms that came from the field so that no Liberian who legally registered was left out.
The electoral body said a total of 1,120,950 or 51 percent male registered at the close of the registration process, while female voters make up 49 percent, 1,062,733.
NEC also disclosed that 26 political parties and 103 independent aspirants received packages from the Commission during the nomination period from June 19 to July 21; including the 10 additional date.
The Commission said replacement of lost or damaged cards, which was initially scheduled to take place between July 7-12, will now be held from August 7-12 and will be held at 99 centers across the country.
The adjustment according to NEC was necessary to allow time for the thorough review of voter roll.
In order to avoid clashes during the campaign, NEC and the Liberia National Police have asked all political parties and independent candidates to submit their campaign schedules to the Commission.
Registered voters by County
|COUNTY||NUMBER OF VOTERS|
SUMMARY OF ALL VOTERS
|18-YR OLD REGISTRANTS||108,485|
|AVE. AGE OF ALL REGISTRANTS||35|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF ASPIRANTS||1028|
|VICE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS||20|
|TOTAL MALE ASPIRANTS||865|
|TOTAL FEMALE ASPIRANTS||163|
|TOTAL POLITICAL PARTY ASPIRANTS||929|
|TOTAL INDEPENT ASPIRANTS||99|