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For 2020 Special Senatorial Election, NEC Qualifies 118 Candidates For 15 Seats

For 2020 Special Senatorial Election, NEC Qualifies 118 Candidates For 15 Seats

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has released the final list of candidates for the much publicized 2020 Special Senatorial Election. According to the NEC, a total of 118 candidates have been qualified to contest the Special Senatorial Election, which is slated for December 8, 2020.

Out of the 118 qualified candidates, there are 20 Female Candidates, 98 Male Candidates, 44 Independent Candidates and 74 Political Parties/Coalition/Alliance Candidates. Interestingly, only 15 senatorial seats are up for grasp because the Special Senatorial Election is meant for the election or reelection of a senator per county. With this, 103 candidates are considered as potential losers. The publication of the final list of candidates and the opening of campaign period for the Special Senatorial Election was originally scheduled for October 10, 2020. 

However, on October 9, 2020, the Supreme Court, which is considered as the final arbiter of justice in the country, ordered the Chairperson of the NEC, Madam Davidetta Brown Lassanah and her Deputies on elections matters to immediately put halt on publishing the listing of candidates following a writ of Mandamus filed by Mulbah S. Jackollie, a senatorial aspirant through his legal Counsel, Cllr. Jallah Barbu. By this order from the Supreme Court, the NEC put halt to all proceedings and or actions on the listing and publication of candidates list pending outcome of the hearing on the matter. On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Supreme Court lifted the stay order placed on the publication of the final list of the candidates for the Special Senatorial Election and other election activities.

 

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