Speaking at a news conference over the weekend, the Chairman of the commission, Mr. J. Yourvor Kollie, said guidelines for the process, which is expected to be conducted on March 13, 2020, remain in ‘full swing’ stating that several things have already been achieved under the mandate of the commission.
Mr. Kollie disclosed that 24 persons registered for the process, but said one person withdrew from the process, while one person was disqualified by the commission.
“During the registration process, we had a total of 24 persons who registered. Among those who registered, one person withdrew from the process and one person was disqualified, which means, we now have 22 candidates contesting for various positions as mentioned in the MCSS Teachers Association’s Constitution,” explained the MCSSTA Elections Commission Chairman.
He indicated that out of the 22 qualified candidates, three persons, each are contesting for the positions of president, vice president for operations, secretary general, financial secretary and treasurer, two candidates each for the positions of vice president for administration, chaplain and the parliament, while the assistant secretary general position will be held on white ballot.
Those contesting the presidency include: Andrew Saah Fayiah, Augustine N. Nyormui and Johnny Dukuly Hopkins, while Emily Kerkula and John T. Argbason will vie for the position of vice president for administration.
Candidates for the vice president for operations are: Rufus A. Bryant, David E.G. Scott and Dalasui James Farnga, and Emmanuel M. Dickson, Abedingo Mentor Zleihn and Joe Kolubah Roberts will contest the MCSSTA’s secretariat, while Samuel D. Russell, Jr., Morris G. Perry and Yarvelee Seingbeh will vie for financial secretary post.
Ruth Y. Evans, John N. Flomo and Jerroline G. Flomo will contest for the treasurer seat, while Philip Sayon Toe and Cletus Kumon Swen are running for chaplain position. Nowomu D. Sondah will go unopposed for the position of assistant secretary general, and Paul Bill Nardoh and Emmanuel Saye Quoi will seek the parliamentary seat.
Chairman Kollie further informed the public that campaign officially starts today, Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00midnight, noting that the debate will also be held earlier on that day at 10:30 am at the G. W. Gibson High School and D. Twe Memorial High School in Central Monrovia and the Borough of New Kru Town respectively.
He furthered that all employees of MCSS are eligible to participate in the voting process through their identity cards.
“We also like to inform you that the Independent Elections Commission has requested the National Parent Teacher Association to also serve as observer and the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Liberia has also been written to serve as observer during this process,” he among other things added.