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 NEC Extends Nomination Period by 10 days July 7th, 2017

Monrovia, July 7, 2017----The National Elections Commission (NEC) today extended by 10 days the candidate nomination process, taking place at the SKD Sports Complex outside Monrovia.

The cardinal electoral date is meant to give political parties and independent candidates the platform for inclusion on the ballot papers for the October elections.

It started on June 19, 2017 and should have folded on Tuesday July 11, 2017. The process runs from Mondays to Saturdays, 9am-5pm.

In the astuteness of the Commission, and considering the level of enthusiasm on the part of political parties and aspirants, coupled with the statutory demands relating the 50% candidate requirement and the 30% gender requirement for each parties, the Commission added additional days.

Section 4.5-Nomination of candidates- (1a) of the New Elections Law of Liberia states: the list of candidates sent by a political to the Commission for election must include a candidate for at least half of all the constituencies in the election. (1b). A political party or coalition in its submission to the Commission, of its list of candidates for an election should endeavor to ensure the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender. 

With the additional days, the Commission hopes the parties would be able to satisfy the above statutory requirements.

Meanwhile, the Commission has lauded political parties that are frantically guaranteeing mammoth women participation in the October elections.

From the start of the nomination to the closed of day on Thursday July 6, 2017, the team had recorded a total of 465 aspirants, 5 presidential aspirants from the All Liberia Party (ALP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), Liberty Party (LP), and the United Peoples Party (UPP), as well as an independent aspirant.

Four vice presidential aspirants from the ANC, LP, UPP and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) were also processed. Out of the 465 aspirants recorded, 385 are males and 80 are females. And, a total of 47 independent aspirants were processed, while 456 representative aspirants and 418 political party aspirants were processed.

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