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Ebola forces Liberia to cancel nationwide election

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ebola-ravaged Liberia has been forced to suspend its nationwide Senate polls after the election commission revealed that there was no way a “mass movement, deployment and gathering of people” could go ahead without endangering lives.

The election commission said, “The commission is required to internationally procure ballot paper printing services for the printing of 2,640,000 ballot papers, 78,750 mock ballots and 5,000 polling kits, all of which have to be flown into the country,” he said.

“The timely delivery of these materials, most of which are sensitive, cannot be guaranteed in the wake of the current wave of the suspension of flights to Liberia.”

It said it would consult political parties and candidates with a view to fixing a new date, before the end of the year if possible. Liberia, has had more than 2,000 deaths so far in the outbreak.

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