MONROVIA – The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission has announced a postponement of the Lofa County by-election scheduled for May 10, 2022.
Making the announcement over the weekend, the chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Davidetta Brown Lansannah said the By-Elections will not be held as expected due to ongoing legal issues between the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Unity Party (UP) and the All Liberian Party (ALP).
As it is, the NEC is awaiting a mandate from the Legislature to schedule a new date for the conduct of the election and it is believed that lawmakers have made an early return because of the situation involving the NEC and the Lofa County by-election.
The decision came after NEC Hearing Office claimed that he lacks jurisdiction to render any judgment in the matter due to the constitutional questions and concerns raised.
The NEC staff ruled that due to the constitutional issues, in the case, the NEC is hereby prohibited from proceeding with any action regarding the endorsement of the Unity Party’s candidate for the Lofa County Senatorial by-election until the Supreme Court considers the constitutional questions involved.
The Supreme Court now has to decide whether or not the candidate on the ticket of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) should be allowed to contest in the Special Senatorial By-Election in Lofa County.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of the national elections commission has announced that the NEC has received the budgeted amount of US$1.2 million for the conduct of the election in Lofa County.