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NEC Clears 14 Presidential Candidates: Tipoteh, Others forefeit Deadline

The National Election Commission of Liberia, NEC, closed the official filing of party nominees to contest the October 2011 elections for President, Vice President, Senators, and Representatives respectively.

Out of 29 registered political parties, the commission cleared only 14  Presidential and Vice Presidential aspirants up to the closed of the nomination filing exercise which officially closed on 5:00 pm on August 15. The nomination filing exercise took place at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.

According communication from the National Election Commission, the 14 aspirant who were cleared for registration are those who met all the criteria permissible under the laws and guidelines of the National Elections Commission. The commission said the rest of the pack out of the 29 registered political parties were not clear because they could not meet up with the  election guidelines in conformity with laws of Liberia.  

The one  sticky issue which impeded most of the aspirants was the Ministry of Finance clearing those aspirants’ financial records as required by law and the election guidelines. The Finance Ministry could not clear bulk of those aspirants  tax records because the ministry had no completed tax records on them or some with minimal tax records.

As the filing of nomination exercise came to the whinning on Monday, two persons, in persons of Cllr. Brumskine and Simeon Freeman were the only candidates that were cleared by NEC while most of the aspirants were doing last minute rush trying to put their documentation together. Others were sent back to the Finance Ministry for their documentation as they brought incomplete documentation and before some of them could return, the nomination registration deadline of 5:00 o’clock pm  had expired. NEC says there will be extension of the process and that means the 15 political parties whose aspirants were not clear by the commission are out of luck and would wait for the  2017 elections.

Those aspirants who found themselves casualties of the deadline fueled by their own doing and left in limbo are;

1. Dr. Manjerngie Carpenter Cecelia Ndeb, Liberia Reconstruction Party

2.  Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, Liberian People’s Party
3. Rev. Kennedy Sandi,  Liberia Transformation Party
4. Cllr. Chea Cheapoo, Progressive People’s Party
5. James Chelley, Congress Democrat Progress
Other Presidential aspirants racing to meet the deadline few minutes to the deadline were;
1. Presidentnt Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Unity Party
2. Dew Mayson and his Vice Presidential aspirant, Dusty Wolokolie of the National Democratic Coalition, NDC
3. Cllr. Marcus Jones of  Vision of Change Party
4. Haniniah Zoe of Liberian Empowerment Party, among others.
Several party nominees and independent candidates also felled casualty and left in limbo because they could not meet the requirement and the deadline. The nomination sports complex at close of the official deadline turned into some sort of mourning and grinding of teeth when ceremonies as aspirants who could meet up with the deadline were being sucked in tears with their files in their hands with their incomplete documentation.
The official nomination was declared open by the National Election Commission on July 20, 2011 and was to closed at 5:00 o’clock pm on August 15, 2011. Political parties and independent aspirants were given 25 days to submit their official candidacy to the commission for certification to contest  the October elections. Full listing of candidates cleared will be released to the public shortly, an information NEC said.

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