Speaking at the headquarter of NEC during the declaration on Sunday, Chairman Korkoya said that political parties should refrain from the use of invectives and obscene words against their opponents during radio talk shows, campaign speeches, and urged them to caution their followers to live within the scope of the law.
“The Commission expects parties and candidates to take note and abide by the Ministry of Justice’s regulations pertaining to the organization of rallies and marches which are usually enforced by the Liberian National Police”, Chairman Korkoya warned.
Giving the financial limitation for political parties and candidates, Chairman Korkoya said that Presidential candidates should not spend in excess of $2,000,000 USD; Vice Presidential candidates should not spend more than $1,000,000 USD; and Representatives candidates not more than $400,000 USD.
Chairman Korkoya said that Section 7.3 of the New Election Law of 1986 which was amended in 2014 limits campaign expenses per candidate. “For ease of reference, campaign expenses shall not be incurred or authorized by a candidate and or party beyond the Liberian Dollars equivalent,”he said.
Responding to the question of how the financial spending will be monitored, Chairman Korkoya said that Section 7.6 of the law mandates the Commission to prescribe forms on which political candidates are to report their campaign expenses.
Affirming the credibility of the process, Chairman Korkoya said that the accreditation of party or candidate agents and organizations wishing to observe the election will commence on August 5, 2017 and end on October 5, 2017.
“All international organizations wishing to observe the elections may pick up accreditations forms from the Political Affairs Section at the NEC Headquarters in Monrovia while local organizations can pick up forms at the NEC Headquarters and the 19 magisterial offices across the country”, he assured.