7 By-Elections Imminent If…

7 By-Elections Imminent If… Featured

Monrovia, Liberia - As the country heads into the much publicized 2020 Special Senatorial Election, seven by-elections could be held if all seven members of the House of Representatives contesting the ensuing race happen to win.

The 2020 Special Senatorial Election, which is backed by Article 77(b) of the Liberian Constitution, was due to take place in October, but was rescheduled to December 8 as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has since ravaged the country.

Having being qualified by their respective political parties, alliances and so on, if qualified by the country’s electoral body, the National Elections Commission(NEC), six members of the House of Representatives would be contesting the ensuing election.

They include: Bong County Electoral District #3 Prince Moye, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Grand Bassa County Electoral District #4 Representative, Vincent T. Willie, Gbarpolu County Electoral District #3 Representative Alfred Koiwood, Nimba County Electoral District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koon, Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah, Grand Gedeh County Electoral District #2 Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennue and Bomi County Electoral District #2 Representative, Edwin Melvin Snowe, who recently announced his candidacy in the county.

While the decision of the various members of the Lower House of the Liberian Legislature to contest the ensuing election is guaranteed under the Constitution, political pundits and economists say this could have dangling economic implication on the country, because holding by-elections would put the country into a more financial problem on the heel of competing national priorities and the unavailability or scarcity of resources.

While it is not cast in stone that all the siting representatives would win, it is possible that at least four out of the seven could win and holding by-election for those vacant seats would cost the country about over US$5M to do so.

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