MONROVIA, Nov. 13 (LINA) – A civil society coalition working on elections and political governance has expressed “grave concern over the slow pace” of preparatory work for the Special Senatorial Election slated for October 2014.
The Chairman of the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), Mr. Oscar Bloh, said the National Elections Commission (NEC) needed to buckle up to ensure mass citizens participation in the polls.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Wednesday, Bloh reminded the government that the Special Election was “not a bi-election|” but an election that would cover the 15 counties, making it national in nature.
He said there are citizens who have reached the voting age of 18 and those who have returned to Liberia and need to be registered to exercise their political franchise in 2014 in keeping with the Constitution.
Bloh noted that the electoral cycle begins with registration of eligible voters as the basis for increasing citizens’ participation in the electoral process.
Noting that the combined activities of voter’s roll update and casting of ballots required financial resources, the ECC chairman called on the Finance Ministry to provide NEC its approved budget allocation.
Bloh also called on NEC to inform the public of the reasons for the delay in the preparatory work, adding that the Special Election is “critical” in consolidating the country’s “fragile” democracy and set the pace for how the 2017 Presidential and General Elections will be conducted.