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 Chairman Korkoya Declares Campaign Officially Open on Monday July 30th, 2017

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission today declared campaign for the 2017 elections opened as of 12:01 Monday July 31, 2017 up to 11:59pm Sunday October 8, 2017.

“Members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Commission I am pleased to declare the political campaign for the 2017 General and Presidential Elections open as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017 and will close at 11:59 midnight on Sunday, October 8, 2017. During the campaign period, candidates are allowed to carry out any or all of the following activities”:

The Sunday press conference was attended by partners and members of registered political parties at the headquarters of the Commission in Monrovia.

Delivering the speech, NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya called on “political parties and candidates of their commitment to a peaceful election as enshrined in both the Ganta Agreement and the Farmington River Declaration”.

Cllr. Korkoya also spoke about the final candidate listing, which, as the start of campaign, is scheduled for July 31, 2017. He said “following scrutiny of the applications submitted, the Commission has qualified a total of 1,026 individuals to contest the 2017 Elections.

Total Qualified Candidates                                                                1,026

Total Presidential Candidates-----------------------------------------------------20

Independent Presidential Candidates---------------------------------------------2

Political Party Presidential Candidates-------------------------------------------18

Total Vice Presidential Candidates-----------------------------------------------20

Independent vice Presidential Candidates---------------------------------------2

Political Party vice Presidential Candidates-------------------------------------18

Total Representative Candidates-----------------------------------------------986

Total Male Candidates------------------------------------------------863 or 84.1%

Total Female Candidates---------------------------------------------163 or 15.9%

Total Political Party Candidates-------------------------------------------------928

Total Independent candidates----------------------------------------------------98

Meanwhile, the NEC Chairman has emphasized that any candidate on this list that is currently involved in matters that remain unresolved by the Commission may be excluded from the list before the printing of ballots based on the final outcome”.

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