The National Elections Commission (NEC) announces the arrival of ballot papers for the Special Senatorial Elections, Constitutional Referendum and two Representative by-elections in District #2, Sinoe County and District #9, Montserrado County.
The first batch of ballots arrived on Saturday night November 28, 2020, on board Kenya Airways. Because of the quantity excepted, the ballots will arrive in several batches until Wednesday December 2, 2020.
The breakdown of the total number of ballots printed are as follows:
- Special Senatorial Elections ballots: Three Million, Two Hundred Seventy-Nine Thousand, One Hundred (3,279,100);
- Constitutional Referendum: Three Million, Two Hundred Sixty-Seven Thousand (3,267,000);
- District #9, Montserrado County by-election ballots: Sixty-Six Thousand, Five Hundred Fifty (66,550);
- District #2, Sinoe County ballots: Thirty Thousand, Two Hundred Fifty (30,250).
Of the total numbers of ballots printed, the following have arrived:
- For the Special Senatorial Elections: All of the ballots have arrived except for the record of count for Sinoe County which is expected to arrive today, Monday, 30 November 2020.
- For the Constitutional Referendum: 2,450,250 ballots are in country.
- For District #9, Montserrado County By-election: All of the ballots have arrived, except for the Record of Count and tactile sleeves.
- District #2, Sinoe County By-election: All of the ballots have arrived except for the tactile sleeves and record of count.
The remaining ballots will arrive between today and Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
As you are aware, ballots for the Constitutional Referendum had to be reprinted based on the ruling of the Honorable Supreme Court, which prohibits the NEC from printing ballots contrary to Joint Resolution 002/2019 and Article 92 of the Constitution. As such, the Referendum ballots have been printed with the following eight ballot measures:
- Dual Citizenship for natural born Liberians, with restrictions on holding certain positions. The ballot symbols for this ballot measure are two passports for a yes vote; and a single passport for a no vote. The ballot color is orange.
- The second ballot measure is the change of election date from the rainy season in October to the dry season in November. The ballot symbols for this ballot measure are the sun for a yes vote; and an umbrella for a no vote. The ballot color is yellow.
- The third ballot measure is to reduce the time the NEC has to hear and decide election disputes from 30 days to fifteen days. The symbols for this ballot measure are a big clock for a yes vote and a small clock for a no vote. The ballot color is red.
- The fourth ballot measure is to change the Presidential term from six years to five years. A yes vote is depicted by a small chair and a no vote is depicted by a big chair.
- The fifth ballot measure is for the reduction of the term of Senators from nine years to seven years. Like the presidential term, the ballot symbol is a small chair for a yes vote; and a big chair for a no vote.
- The Sixth ballot measure is to reduce the term of the President Pro-tempore from six five years; the ballot measure is represented by a small chair for a yes vote; and a big chair for a no vote.
- The seventh ballot measure is to reduce the term of office of the Representatives from 6 years to five years. The ballot measure is represented by a small chair for a yes vote; and a big chair for a no vote.
- The last proposition on the ballot is to reduce the term of office for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker from six years to five years. A yes vote for this proposition is represented by a small chair and a no vote is represented by a big chair. The ballot color for all the tenure positions is purple.
The Commission has observed postings on social media, wherein packaging papers on a few of the cartoon boxes containing the ballots are displayed. The NEC staff along with airport securities did spot check on the few boxes in question and verified that the contents of the boxes were intact. All ballots brought in country are accounted for and are currently under security protection in the NEC Central warehouse.
The Commission wishes to reassure the Liberian people of its commitment to the holding of free, fair and credible Special Senatorial Elections, Constitutional Referendum and the two Representative By-Elections in district number 9 Montserrado County and District Number 2 Sinoe County.