Midterm Senatorial Elections Uncertain, As Gov’t Says US$17M Requested For Is Not Available – NEC Chairman Declares

Chairman, National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya

Appearing before the Plenary of the Liberian Senate yesterday, Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya, disclosed that the holding of the October Midterm Senatorial Elections may not be held as scheduled due to the lack of money to have such taken place as been reportedly announced to NEC by the Minister of Finance, Development Planning Samuel Tweah.

The NEC Chairman said the total amount requested for from the Liberian government is US$17 Million, but noted that there has been no light for the successful holding of the elections  come October, 2020, noting that up to date the voters’ registration which have been in January, 2020 has not been done, adding, “We have been told by the Ministry of Finance of Finance, Development and Planning that there is not money for such, with this information, we are afraid this election will not be held,” the NEC Chairman told the Plenary of the Liberian Senate yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Plenary of the Liberian Senate has requested the Finance, Development and Planning, Tweah to appear before that  body on Thursday, February 25, 2020 to explain which the money asked for by the NEC cannot be made available.

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