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By: R Joyclyn Wea
The ballots for the November 7, 2017 runoff election is expected to arrive in Liberia on Saturday October 28, 2017. Addressing a news conference Wednesday, the chairman of the National Elections Commission disclosed that the same amount of 3,053,455 ballots that were printed for the first round of elections have also been printed for the runoff.

Commenting further on election matters, Chairman Jerome Korkoya said the commission has received 56 elections related complaints, 33 of which he said have been concluded or forwarded to its Board of Commissioners.

He said t commission has also begun hearing into the complaint filed by the All Liberian Party challenging the conduct of the just ended elections. Cllr. Korkoya further confirmed receiving a complaint from Liberty Party petitioning the commission for the rerun of the October 10 elections.

He asserted that all elections complaints are being handled according to due process, in a transparent and open manner. The NEC boss used the occasion to remind all political parties to be represented at all polling places across the country.

Korkoya wants political parties train party agents regarding their roles at polling places in order to avoid any form of interference with the process. He also cautioned citizens and supporters of political parties to act responsibly.

According to him, there is no place in this election for threatening words, noting that a direct threat to the commission by someone on social media will be reported to authority.

He therefore cautioned the media to be responsible in the discharge of their reportorial duties in distinguishing facts from opinions. Commenting on the issue of invalid votes, the NEC chairman explained that the huge number of invalid ballots cannot be necessary attributed to ignorance or lack of voter education.
He stated that while it is true that some voters got confused due to the number of candidates on the ballots, most of the invalid votes can be attributed to wickedness and indiscipline on the part of voters, saying “some people wrote sentences on the ballots and some burst the ballots.”

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