26 May 2014

Liberia: NEC Issues Writ for Senatorial Election

The National Elections Commission has issued a writ of election, giving full authority to its 15 magistrates within the sub political divisions of the country to conduct the impending October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

The NEC takes Administrative Notice of said vacancies that will be created pursuant to Article 46 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.

"I hereby command you to issue Election Writ to the 19 Election Magistrates in the 15 Counties throughout the Republic of Liberia to conduct a Special Senatorial Election for the election of a Senator for each of the 15 Counties in the Republic of Liberia on the 14th day of October 2014 from the hour of 8:00 Ante Meridian to 6:00 Post Meridian.

And I do hereby direct that the last day for nomination of Candidates by duly registered Political Parties, Alliances, Coalitions and Independent Candidates shall be the 24th Day of July, A.D. 2014 at 5:00 Post Meridian", NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya instructed over the weekend in Monrovia.

Chairman Korkoya at a ceremony marking the event said, a Special Senatorial Election is to be held in the fifteen (15) Counties of the Republic of Liberia pursuant to the New Elections Law of 1986 and in accordance with Article 46 of the Liberian Constitution.

"Immediately after the Senate shall have assembled following the elections prior to the coming into force of this Constitution, the Senators shall be divided into two categories as a result of the votes cast in each County.

The Senator with the higher votes cast shall be the Senator of the first category and the Senator with the lower votes cast shall be Senator of the second category; provided that no two Senators from a county shall be placed in the same category. The seats of Senators of the first category shall be vacated at the expiration of the ninth years.

In the interest of Legislative continuity, the Senators of the second category shall serve a first term of six years only, after the first elections. Thereafter, all Senators shall be elected to serve a term of nine years", he added. Korkoya noted that as a result of the constitutional provision, the senate will have vacancies that will be created in the Liberian Senate in 2015 due to expiration of the nine-year term of Senators of the First Category.

Meanwhile, the Clark of Writ at the National Elections Commission has administered the writ to all magistrates: "I do command you to conduct a special Senatorial Election in the 15 Counties throughout the Republic of Liberia for the purpose of filling the aforesaid vacancies in the Liberia Senate on 14 day of October, A.D. 2014, form the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

You are hereby further commanded to certify to me by endorsement upon this Writ, at the close of the counting of votes as to the form and manner in which you conducted the Special Senatorial Election throughout the 15 Counties of the Republic of Liberia, and the result thereof," Atty. Antoinette B. Johnson said.

According to her, after being mandated by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to inform magistrates that in accordance with the provision of Article 46 of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia and pursuant to the new Elections Law of 1986, the Special Senatorial Election will be held in the fifteen (15) Counties of the country on October 14, 2014 to fill the vacancies to be created as a result of the expiration of the nine years term of senators of the first category.

However, the last day for nomination of candidates by duly registered political parties, coalitions, alliances and independent candidates, shall be on the 24th of July, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

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