NEC Announces Runoff Election Schedule

MONROVIA, Montserrado – On Tuesday, November 12, the National Elections Commission announced the date for the runoff election between the Unity Party and Coalition for Democratic Change as December 26.

The runoff election was originally set for November 7 but  was delayed due to a writ of prohibition filed by the opposition Liberty Party to the Supreme Court on account of alleged irregularities and fraud.

The hastily arranged NEC press conference lasted for only a few minutes and no questions were allowed from members of the press.

Jerome Korkoya, the NEC chairman, told attendees that the campaigning period for the runoff election starts on Tuesday, December 12 and ends on the 24th. The election results are expected to be announced on the 29th of December, Korkoya said.

However, the NEC chair did not speak about the cleaning up of the final voter registration roll, as required by the Supreme Court, a contentious issue in the elections.

Korkoya indicated that a team from ECOWAS was in the country to help with the electoral process, a suggestion that the regional body was helping towards cleaning up the voter roll.

The NEC press conference was attended by both local and international journalists, including election observers from the European Union, the Carter Center, and the National Democratic Institute.

Featured photo by Aaron Nah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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