Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Polling





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How many polling places will be operating on polling day?


There will be 3070 polling places located in 1421 voting precincts.


What hours will polling take place?


Polling will take place between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm on October 11, 2005.


Who may vote?


A Liberian citizen who presents a valid Voter Registration Card at the polling place where his/her name is registered, and who has not voted before on polling day.


Who may not vote?


A person who has not registered, is at the wrong polling precinct/place, has already voted, is not able to produce a voter card or the VR card is damaged and the Voter Identification Officer cannot identify the voter.


What will happen to IDP voters?


IDPs who registered to vote in their county of origin and have gone back home are no longer classified as IDPs. Those who had registered to vote in their county will vote for President, Senate and House of Representatives.


Those who had registered to vote in their county and are not repatriated by polling day will vote only for president and vice president.


To vote for Senate or House of Representatives in a specific county you need to be registered and present in that county.


How will voting with replacement cards work?


Replacement cards will be issued September 17-30th. They will contain all the information that appears on the cards issued during registration period, and will be clearly marked REPLACEMENT.


How will polling staff be able to check if those with replacement cards wont vote twice?


The Voter Identification Officer will write the word REPLACEMENT against the names of voters who received replacement cards on the Final Registration Roll. Any voter with the word REPLACEMENT against their name can ONLY vote with the Replacement card.


What provisions are there to ensure that there is no double voting?


VR cards will be punched on the left hand top corner, and the voters right thumbnail will be marked with indelible ink. If the voter has no right thumbnail, another fingers will be inked. If the voter has no arms, it is not necessary to apply ink.



On polling day, you can expect to vote through the following process:

	First, carry your voting card with you to the place where you registered to vote.

	Form an orderly line outside the polling place and wait for your turn to vote. 

	When you enter, be ready to show your voting card to the Voter Identification Officer. After all details are checked against the Final Registration Roll, your card will be punched and returned to you. 

	Next you will be issued the ballot papers. These are the papers you make your mark on, to indicate who you want to vote for.

	You will go behind the screen to mark your ballot in secret. 

	Fold each ballot separately and then put it in the correct ballot box. The color on the ballot will match with the color on the ballot box.

	Now that you have cast your votes, the polling staff will place ink on your right thumbnail to indicate that you have already voted.

	Finally, you will quietly walk out of the polling place.






























How many ballot papers will the voter receive?


The voter will receive three ballot papers. The ballot cast for President/Vice President will have a red border, for Senate a blue border, and for House of Representatives a green border.



How will the voter mark the ballot?


The voter must tick by pen or make a thumbprint mark in the blank box by the candidate of his/her choice. Only one mark should go on each ballot paper.


How will secrecy of votes be assured?


Each polling place will be supplied with voting screens to allow voters to mark their ballots in secret.


What will the ballot boxes look like?


The ballot boxes will be transparent. The ballot in which votes are cast for President/Vice-president will be labeled in red; those for senate will be labeled blue, and those for House of Representatives, green.


Can voting be done on someone elses behalf?


No, each voter must vote for him/herself. Voting on behalf of another person is not allowed.


Will there be assistance for voters with special needs?


People with special needs, the elderly and the disabled, may be accompanied by a registered voter to help them in the voting. Tactile ballots will be available for blind voters.