Liberian Presidential election 2017 Candidates Campaign News live Voting
Liberia General election Dates 2017
Liberia General election Date: 10 October 2017
General elections will be held in Liberia on 10 October 2017, electing the President and House of Representatives. The elections are overseen by the National Elections Commission (NEC)
Liberia Presidential election Process 2017
The President is elected using the two-round system, whilst the 73 members of the House of Representatives are elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.
Liberia’s National Elections Commission said 20 candidates will contest to succeed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in polls that are scheduled for October.
The elections body also certified 986 candidates standing for the West African nation of 4.6 million’s House of Representatives, which has 73 seats.
Elections in Liberia occur solely at the national level. The head of state, the President of Liberia, is elected to a six-year term in a two-round system, in which a run-off between the two candidates with the highest number of votes is held should no single candidate earn a majority of the vote in the first round. The Legislature has two elected chambers.
The House of Representatives has 73 members, elected to six-year terms by the first-past-the-post method in single-member districts. The Senate has 30 members, 2 from each county, elected at-large to nine-year terms by the first-past-the-post method. Senatorial elections are staggered, with one senator from each county being elected in elections held three years apart, followed by a six-year period in which no senatorial elections are held.
Liberia Presidential election Updates 2017
SirLeaf will be campaigning for female candiates. "I will not be seeking re-election in the October 2017 elections, I will be on my feet everywhere in my own little way to campaign for women listed and certified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as candidates to participate in the ensuing elections," Sirleaf said in a press statement issued on Tuesday.
Liberia Presidential election Contesting Parties and Candidates
Joseph Boakai, vice-president since January 2006.
Charles Brumskine, leader of the Liberty Party and former President Pro Temp of the Senate
MacDella Cooper, philanthropist
Alexander B. Cummings, former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca-Cola
Prince Johnson, former rebel leader
Joseph Mills Jones, leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment and former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia
Richard Miller, businessman
Benoni Urey, businessman
George Weah, former footballer who was defeated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the 2005 election, has announced he will run for office again.
MacDonald A. Wento, United People's Party
Jeremiah Whapoe, businessman
Liberia General Parliamentary election Opinion Poll Party Wise