- Sets May 10, 2022 as election day
On Friday, February 25, 2022, the National Elections Commission (NEC) proposed to the National Legislature a budget of one million, nine hundred thirty-four thousand, seven hundred twenty dollars and eighty cents (1,934, 720.80) for the holding of a by-election in Lofa County.
This comes after the NEC was notified on February 16, 2022, that there was a vacancy in the Liberian Senate for a seat representing Lofa County.
The NEC also filed their timeline for the senate by-election in Lofa County, according to a statement from the commission. Election day is slated for May 10, 2022, according to the notification.
The National Elections Commission is acting on the notification of a vacancy in the Senate, which states: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature, caused by death, resignation, expulsion, or otherwise, the presiding officer shall notify the National Elections Commission thereof within 30 days.” The National Elections Commission shall call a by-election not later than 90 days after the vacancy arises; provided, however, that if the vacancy occurs less than 90 days before general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall be postponed until the general elections are held.
Meanwhile, a Lofa senate by-election Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the election’s activities. Commissioner Ernestine Morgan Awar, according to the NEC statement, is the chairperson of the Lofa senatorial by-election Steering Committee.