Despite the delay on the part of the presidential candidate of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Joseph Nyuma Boakai who is also the current vice president to name his running mate, the National Elections Commission (NEC) is reportedly constrained to extend the nomination period to 10 days.
According to a news report, the NEC said the extension is meant to give political parties and independent candidates the platform for inclusion on the ballot papers for the October elections.
It started on June 19, 2017 and should have folded on Tuesday July 11, 2017. The process runs from Mondays to Saturdays, 91m – 5pm.
In the astuteness of the Commission, and considering the level of enthusiasm on the part of the political parties and the 50% candidate requirement and the 30% gender requirement for each party, the Commission added additional days.
Section 4-5 for the nomination of candidates (la) of the new elections Law of Liberia states: “The list of candidates sent by a political party to the Commission for election must include a candidate for at half of all of the constituencies in the election, (1b). a political party or coalition in its submission to the Commission, of its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender.
With these additional days, the Commission hopes the parties would be ably satisfy with the above statutory requirements.
In a related development, the Commission has lauded political parties that are frantically guaranteeing the participation of women in the pending October elections.