Monrovia — The National Elections Commission (NEC) has informed lawmakers on Capitol Hill that it would cost the government US$1.1 million to conduct three by-elections in Bomi, Bong and Grand Gedeh Counties.
The NEC made the disclosure in two separate communications to the House of Representatives, following announcements by the House of vacancies in the three counties.
These vacancies came in the wake of the elections of then Representatives Edwin M. Snowe (District #1, Bomi County), Prince Moye (District #2, Bong) and Zoe Emmanuel Pennue (District #1, Grand Gedeh) as Senators for their respective counties in the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections.
In the communication, the NEC put the cost of the elections for Bomi County District #1 at US$340, 010.77, US$359, 162.27 for Grand Gedeh District #1 and US$400,000 for Bong County District #2.
The NEC's communication is in compliance with Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia which mandates the election body to conduct by-elections to fill the vacant seats created by death, resignation or expulsion no later than ninety-days as of the date of notification.
Article 37 of the Liberian Constitution states that "In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the Elections Commission thereof. The Elections Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections."