Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible. Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances. The elections, first scheduled in October, were supposed to be held Monday, but have been moved back to Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether the extra days would be sufficient delay to address the logistical problems posed by Ebola.
The chairman of the official electoral body, Jerome Korkoyah, told The Associated Press after Sunday’s meeting that rescheduling the elections at such a short notice “is going to cost a lot of money to get robust information out there.”
While health authorities say the situation has stabilized somewhat in recent weeks, there are fears that mass gatherings at polling stations could spark a new surge in Ebola cases. The virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.