…On Run-Off Election
By A. Omaska Jallah
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has provided updates on the November 7, 2017 presidential run-off election between Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.
Addressing a news conference Wednesday, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya said the presidential ballot papers are tentatively scheduled to arrive in the country Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Chairman Korkoya disclosed that mock ballot papers for training purposes have already arrived in the country.
The NEC Chairman said all ballots are being produced by the same supplier that printed the first round ballots, adding that NEC personnel have completed packing non-sensitive materials at their warehouse facilities which are currently being distributed across the country.
In response to the congestion at polling places and slow processing times experienced during election day, the NEC boss said the commission has decided to introduce several measures, saying “additional queue controllers will be employed and trained for the run-off; we especially appeal to those with strong numerical skills including university students to apply.”
At the same time, NEC is requesting voters to return to polling places or rooms where they voted during the October 10, 2017 elections.
Chairman Korkoya called on voters, political parties and their supporters to act responsibly during the election, stressing that there is no place in an election for threatening words or misconducts.
Chairman Korkoya is calling on the media to reinforce their efforts to separate news and opinion in their reportage.