The 2017 presidential runoff elections between the two leading candidates, Vice President Joseph Boakai of Unity Party and George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change will be held on December 26, National Elections Commission (NEC) announced on Tuesday.
The runoff was initially scheduled for November 7, but was aborted due a Supreme Court’s stay order compelling NEC to address concerns of fraud and irregularities raised by the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine.
NEC’s Chairman, Jerome Korkoyah, said the decision is in accordance with the Supreme Court’s final ruling. He urged Liberians to make the sacrifice by turning out to vote, though the day of the polls is immediately after Christmas, Cllr.
Chairman Korkoyah also declared campaign for the runoff open as of December 12 and ends at 11:59 Pm on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
He said the NEC is prepared to implement all of the eight counts of the Supreme Court’s mandate in a transparent manner and will keep all stakeholders, including the parties in the runoff election, updated at every step along the way.
“I am pleased to announce that the 2017 presidential runoff elections will be conducted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017,” the president of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya, said.
“We realize that this day is immediately after Christmas Day,” he said, adding: “We call on all registered voters to make that one sacrifice, for the love of our democracy.”
Whoever wins will replace president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Africa’s first female elected head of state. She is stepping down after a maximum two six-year terms.
CLLR. Jerome Korkoya Full Statement
Statement by Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya
Chairman, National Elections Commission (NEC)
On the Setting of the Date for the 2017 Presidential Runoff Election
James M. Fromayan Conference Hall
December 12, 2017
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press, on behalf of the National Elections Commission (NEC), I am pleased to welcome you to this press conference.
Today’s press conference will cover the following areas:
- Announcement of the 2017 Presidential Runoff Election Date;
- Declaration of Political Campaign for said election;
- Arrival of ECOWAS Technical Team; and
- Implementation of the Supreme Court Mandate to the Commission
Declaration of Runoff Election Date
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, pursuant to the mandate of the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia to the National Elections Commission, I am pleased to announce that the 2017 Presidential Runoff Elections will be conducted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. We realize that this date is immediately after Christmas Day, but call on all registered voters to make this one sacrifice for the good of our democracy and country.
Accordingly, campaign for the Runoff Election is hereby declared open and will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 24, 2017. We call on the two political parties in the Runoff Election (the Unity Party and the Coalition for Democratic Change) to go about their campaign in a peaceful manner.
Arrival of ECOWAs Technical Team
I am also pleased to announce that the technical team from ECOWAS that reviewed our final voters roll will arrive in country today to provide technical support, where necessary, in the implementation of the mandate of the Honorable Supreme Court.
Implementation of the Supreme Court Mandate
Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, the Commission wishes to assure the two parties and the Liberian people that it will implement all eight counts of the Supreme Court mandate in a transparent manner and will keep all stakeholders including the parties in the Runoff Election updated every step of the way.
I thank you for coming.
By Sylvester Worwee