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Chairman Fromayan said ten candidates have been qualified to participate in the pending poll, and he expressed satisfaction over the peaceful manner in which candidates have conducted their respective campaigns.

 

He said ballot papers are already in the country and are being kept in a specified storage area until preparations are finalized to have them transported to the districts to be distributed among 60 polling places and 348 voting precincts.

"Already, 130 ballot boxes and 120 lanterns in addition to other materials are in the district; the ballot papers will arrive in the district on Saturday July 7, 20007" said the NEC Boss.

 

He said as part of the budgetary allocation made for the by-election, the commission has procured a brand new Toyota Hilux Double-Cabin pick up at the cost of US$31,000 through funding from the Government of Liberia.

 

Mr. Formayan said 26,252 registered voters are expected to take part in the poll, and candidates have been freely presenting their platforms to the voters without any report of violence so far.

 

"We further reminded the candidates that the official campaign period for the Grand Bassa District #3 Election which began on June 12, 2007, will close at midnight on July 8, 2007, 24 hours before polling date," the commission chair said.

 

He said training for polling staff will start today, July 6 with a Training of Trainers Session for the local NEC staff and then next on July 7th, and 8th, the staff will conduct training session in three locations including LAC, Gorbelee and St. John for 120 presiding officers and voter identification officers.

 

"Training for the remaining 271 polling staff will be done by the presiding officers and voter identification officers to prepare them to take up assignment at 60 polling places and 38 voting precincts on election day", he added.

 

He also maintained that the commission has intensified its campaign to sensitize and encourage voters' turnout and vote a candidate of their choice that will ably represent them in the National Legislature.

 

According to him, the commission, with assistance from IFES, one of its international partners, dispatched a copy of DVD player and 21-inch Sharp Television, portable generator along with accessories to beef up the ongoing civic and voter education exercise in the district.

 

Security arrangements for the by-election are being coordinated by the county administration, UNMIL and the Liberia National Police, according to Mr. Fromayan, who indicated that 86 police officers will be deployed in the district for the poll.

 

District #3 by-elections is the result of a vacancy created in the Lower House following the death of the opposition Liberty Party's Representative, Edward Sundaygar, early this year, after a brief illness.

 

From The Analyst