Senate mandates NEC to hold bi-elections in Bong and Montserrado not later than six weeks

The Liberian Senate has endorsed a joint resolution ordering the conduct of the Senatorial bi-elections in two Counties.

In its resolution, the senators ordered the National Elections Commission to conduct the impending bi Elections in Bong and Montserrado counties not later than July 21, this year.

The senators said the resolution now empowers the electoral body to proceed with those bi-Elections, to fill the vacancies created as the result of the election of then senators, George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor, as President and Vice President respectively.

In May this year, NEC announced that it was unable to conduct bi-elections in the two counties within the constitutional time frame of 90 days, citing the lack of inadequate finance.

NEC Chairman, Jerome Korkoya also disclosed that the Commission does not have authority to set a new date and called on those clothed with the relevant authorities to remedy the issue.

The Constitution requires that bi-elections for a vacant seat for the House or the Senate be held no later than 30 days, after the national electoral body has been notified of the vacancy.

Bong and Montserrado Counties constitutes 45 percent of the total number of registered voters in Liberia.

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