By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The candidate nomination process which started on July 2, 2014-July 24, 2014, is expected to end today at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia.
According to the NEC guidelines, candidate nomination period began since the second of this month and will end on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The guidelines also revealed that July 2, 2014 – August 9, 2014 is the period of objections and for appeals against those nominated to be held and determined.
NEC, in its guidelines stated that July 27, 2014 is the period of preliminary list of candidates published. NEC has also set aside August 12, 2014 – October 12 2014 as the time for political campaign. August 15, 2014 – September 30, 2014 is the period for Candidates debate while October 14, 2014 is being set aside as Election Day.
Since the commencement of the nomination process, several aspirants have been pouring in at the NEC headquarters to submit their documents of registration. Many Independent Candidates have also published their petitioners’ listings, while political parties have also put forth their candidates for the pending Special Senatorial Election.
Some of the Independent Candidates who have submitted their documents for processing at the NEC include, Madam Miatta Fuhnbulleh, Sen. Gbenzohngar Findley, Alhaji G.V. Kromah, Cecelia Koffy-Brown, among others. Political parties that have submitted the names of their aspirants include, Liberty Party (LP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the ruling Unity Party (UP), National Patriotic Party (NPP), among others.
Liberians are expected to go to the polls on October 14, 2014 to elect fifteen Senators of the senior category in a Special Senatorial Election in Liberia. Since the beginning of the electoral process aspirants have been making frantic efforts to ensure that their photos are placed on the ballot papers to contest for the Senatorial seats of their various counties.
Prominent among those contesting the single Senatorial seat of Montserrado County that include the capital city of Liberia are football legend George Manneh Weah of the CDC, the son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Robert Sirleaf, an Independent Candidate and Benjamin Sarvee.
In more election news, the Supreme Court of Liberia has upheld its ruling against the fifteen deregistered political parties. This means that the parties will no longer be recognized by the electoral body since they are no longer in existence.