Liberian elections due in October

From: Jonathan Paye-Layleh © BBC World Service

Elections for Liberia's first post-war government will be held on 11 October, the electoral commission has announced.

A power-sharing government, including former rebels, has ruled since former President Charles Taylor fled to Nigeria in August 2003. A United Nations spokesman said it was important for all Liberians to be able to vote, including about one million people who are displaced or in exile.

Liberia has a total population of between three and four million people. More than 14,000 UN troops are in Liberia, to help the country recover from 14 years of civil war.
National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairperson Counsellor Frances Johnson-Morris said the results would be announced by 26 October at the latest.
Eighteen parties have already registered for parliamentary elections and another 18 are waiting for approval.
Ms Johnson-Morris said that MPs would not be elected on a constituency basis because a census had been taken since the war. More than 40 men say they will run for president, including former world footballer of the year George Weah.
Over the weekend Cecelia Siaway-Teah, a 51-year-old social worker from the north-eastern region said she would also throw her hat into the ring. "Men have failed us terribly in this country over the years, all they have brought upon us are suffering and wars," she told the BBC.

Monday 7th February, 2005


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