Monrovia - Liberia’s National Election Commission (NEC) has announced the printing and arrival of ballot papers for the April 21, 2015 by-election in the River Cess County. The ballot papers according to the NEC were printed in the West African state of Ghana and were brought into Liberia on Monday, April 13 with a total of twenty four thousand, two hundred (24,200) currently being packaged for election day.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, members of the Press, Civic and voter education activities are also proceeding quite well in the county. Town Criers, Civic educators and gender monitors recruited by the National Elections Commission are currently conducting civic and voter activities in the county”, NEC disclosed. The action is being complemented by additional field staffs that include elections magisterial and field coordination personnel from several election magisterial areas across Liberia.
At a news conference Wednesday at the NEC headquarters in Monrovia, acting NEC chairman Sarah Cooper told journalists that as part of the preparations and awareness, community radio stations in the County as well as national media institutions are also providing awareness while posters and fliers for the by-election are being used to complement CVE activities in Rivercess county. Commissioner Cooper called on all registered voters in electoral District #2, Rivercess County to turn out in mass and vote for the candidate of their choice on Tuesday April 21, 2015.
Prior to Wednesday event the NEC in March this year released the names of qualified candidates and campaigning with key electoral dates of County by-election to replace Senator Francis Paye who created the vacancy as a result of his election into the senate in the December 20, 2014 special senatorial election. Qualified candidates by NEC for the process include; Bartee Charles Zarkpah, Doue Thomas, Green Jerry Flomo, Paul Gabriel, Reeves Jerome Garmonblo, Wally Matthew, Wesseh Lucky, Zah Kofi Bob and Zahnewes Byron Wehgbiah.
Cllr. Toe said up to date, there has been no report of rancor or misbehavior either on the part of the candidates or their supporters something she described as a welcoming development and implored the candidates and their supporters to continue along this path to midnight April 19 the official date for the end of political campaigning.
Said Commissioner Copper: “Members of the Press, distinguished ladies and Gentlemen, in preparation for the polling process on April 21, 2015, the National Election Commission is concluding the process of recruiting more than 200 temporary staffs to serve as poll workers while shortlisted candidate are being processed and are to be trained shortly to conduct polling activities on Election Day”. She continued “In keeping with the key dates for the Rivercess County Electoral District Number two, the commission is pleased to declare the start of political campaign today Wednesday, March 25, 2015”.
In the declaration of the start of the campaign, the NEC’s Acting Chairman called on all candidates and their supporters to go about their campaign activities in a peaceful manner. She wants the campaign period to be used by the candidates to market their ideologies and plans for the advancement of District Number 2 in particular and Liberia in general.