Date:13 Mar 2017
#LiberiaElections: Outstanding Key Electoral Dates
Liberians are eagerly awaiting general and presidential election in 2017 as hundreds of individuals’ line up their political interest to contest either for the Presidency or a legislative seat in a country where politics is seen as one of the easiest ways to success.
Already 22 political parties are ready to vie for the presidency and the number of candidates aspiring for legislative seat are countless.
Even though the election is about seven (7) months away, the momentum is already high with presidential candidates looking to make early marks in preparation for the process.
The referee in the pending electoral process, the National Elections Commission has released key dates leading to the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative elections and according to the Commission’s Chairman, Jerome Korkoya the dates are subject to adjustment depending on the prevailing circumstances.
Chairman Korkoya said: “The National Election Commission depends on the government for financial support and if the circumstances avail that we need to carry out some programs in keeping with the dates just announced and there is no money we will adjust the dates”.
Currently voter registration period which begun on February 1 will end on March 24, 2017, May 3,-June 20, 2017 will be CVE exhibition, May 9, 2017 issuing of writ of elections and June 9-June 30 accreditation of Party agents, Media and observers for election.
Chairman Korkoya also disclosed that June 10 to June 20, 2017 is the date set for exhibition of provisional Registration roll and distribution of voter card.
The NEC has also announced that June 10-June 24 2017 will be the period for objection and appeals on exhibition to be held and determined. July 1, 2017 will be release of final voter Registration Figures and July 2, - July 1, 2017 will be release of final voter Registration Figures and July 2 - August 9 2017 candidate nomination
Meanwhile the Commission says July 4, 2017 is the date set for the lunch of the CVE for the 2017 elections, with the preliminary list of candidates published on July 27, 2017 and final list of candidates published on August 8 2017.
Other key dates announced by the NEC are August 8- October 8, 2017 Presidential and representative Campaign period. August 15-September 30, 2017candidates debate period and October 10, 2017 as the day of election while October 25, 2017 is the date set for the announcement of final result.