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