Bloh pointed out that the ECC is deeply concern that no decision has been reached between the NEC and the National Legislature on setting a new threshold to reapportion districts for the 2017 elections in keeping with Article 80 (d) and (e).
Addressing Journalists in Monrovia, Bloh pointed out that in 2010; constituencies were not apportioned based on the 2008 census report.
Rather, the Legislature through a joint resolution in 2010, instructed NEC to set a special threshold, thus adding nine (9) additional seats to the existing 64 seats from the 2005 elections.
Bloh argued that the joint resolution which contravened Article 80 (d) and (e) has expired because it was dealing with the 2011 election, and therefore this same formula cannot be used for the 2017 election.
He narrated “under our democratic system, representation is not based on registered voters, rather on population as determined by a census report.
Thus, the ECC calls on the Legislature to convene a special session to set a new threshold based on the 2008 census report before the start of the voter registration process”.
However, Bloh emphasized the need for increased financial support to the 2017 polls adding the ECC calls on the Liberian Government to provide the necessary financial support to ensure that the process is fully implemented so that citizens can turn out to register. For financial fair play during the polls, he mentioned that the NEC must compel all political parties who have not published their financial statements to do so in compliance with Article 83 (d) of the Constitution noting that the NEC should name all political parties who have failed to comply with the provisions.