The National Elections Commission (NEC) said that out of the26 registered political parties recorded in the country; it only received return forms from 20 presidential aspirants and 20 vice presidential aspirants for the October 10, 2017 elections.
“During the nomination of candidates, we distributed nomination packages to 26 political parties and 103 independent candidates. At the end of the process on July 21, 2017, we recorded the total number of 1028 aspirants”, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said at a press conference on Friday July 28, 2017. Chairman Korkoya revealed that 20 presidential aspirants and 20 vice presidential aspirants returned their forms. NEC also recorded 986 representative aspirants, 865 whom are males and 163 females. According to the NEC boss, total political party aspirants are 929, with independent candidates being 99 aspirants. Chairman Korkoya said that the numbers of candidates could reduce based on the outcome of cases being adjudicated. However, NEC has announced the final figures from the 2017 voter registration exercise which ran from February 1 to 14 March, 2017, with the total of two million one hundred eighty-three thousand six hundred eighty-three (2,183,683). From NEC statistics, Montserrado County got the highest registered voters with the total of 777,503, with Nimba county recording 279,572 and Bong County taking 208,150. Out of the total number of voters registered, 1,120,950 are male which is equivalent to 51%. The total for females is 1,062,733 making it 49% and 108,485 are 18 year old registrants. “Little over ten weeks one of the most pivotal and critical elections in our country’s history will be conducted. As such, those of us charged with the sacred responsibility to direct the process take this national duty with utmost seriousness and are determined to deliver to the best of our ability, free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections”, Korkoya concluded.