140 Vie For 15 Senate Seats

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MONROVIA, July 28 (LINA) – A total of 140 Liberians have applied to the National Elections Commission (NEC) to be qualified as candidates for the 15 vacancies in the Liberian Senate. The mid-term senatorial election is scheduled for October 14, 2014.

A provisional list of applicants published by the Elections Commission shows that 18 political parties are fielding115 contenders while 25 are independent aspirants.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the 140 aspirants include 12 sitting senior senators fighting to retain their seats.
Three sitting senior senators – Cletus Wotorson of Grand Kru County, Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County, and Fred Doe Cherue of River Gee County are not seeking re-election.
Bomi County has a total of ten aspirants for the one vacancy, including eight from political parties and two independents.
There are 13 aspirants for the one vacancy in Bong County, including 11 from political parties and two independents.
Gbarpolu has seven candidates, all representing political parties, while Grand Bassa County registered five candidates, with three contesting on party tickets and two as independent candidates.
Grand Cape Mount County has eleven candidates with ten contesting on political party tickets and one as an independent candidate.
For the one vacancy in Grand Gedeh County, 11 aspirants have registered, including nine contesting on political party tickets and two as independent candidates.
Grand Kru County has seven registered candidates with five representing political parties, and two independent candidates, while Lofa County has nine candidates, with seven running on political party tickets and two as independent candidates.
Margibi County registered 13 candidates with 12 representing political parties and one contesting as an independent candidate, while Maryland County has nine candidates, eight representing political parties, and one contesting as independent candidate.
The most populous counties, Montserrado and Nimba, have 11 and six candidates respectively, with six in Montserrado contesting on political party tickers and five as independent candidates, while five candidates in Nimba are contesting on political party tickets and one as an independent.
River Gee has nine candidates, eight representing political parties and one contesting as an independent candidate, while Rivercess is fielding 12 candidates, 11 representing political parties and one contesting as an independent candidate.
Seven persons are contesting for the senatorial post in Sinoe County, with five representing political parties and two contesting the poll as independent candidates.
The list has to be scrutinized by citizens to determine whether or not any of the candidates is not eligible to contest the poll.
Sitting senators who win this year’s senatorial races will remain senior senators while new comers will be junior senators. All winners will serve a nine-year term expiring in 2023.
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