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The Chairman of the Elections Coordinating Committee has stressed the need for the government of Liberia to provide full budgetary support for the conduct of the upcoming Voter Roll Update Exercise and the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

Mr. Oscar Bloh said the success of the election largely depends on the provision of adequate funding for the implementation of all activities associated with the Voter Roll Update Exercise and the Special Senatorial Election.

Mr. Bloh said the current budgetary constraint being faced by the Commission has the potential to serve as a hurdle to the success of the 2014 electoral process.

Mr. Bloh noted that the ECC will raise this issue with the relevant agencies to ensure that the needed funding is provided for the election.

The ECC Boss made the assertion Wednesday when members of the steering committee of the institution met with the Chairman and several senior officials of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia.

Earlier the Chairman of the NEC, Jerome George Korkoya, briefed the ECC on the importance of the Voter Roll Update Exercise and the categories of individuals targeted to be included on the Voter Roll of the country.

He said the Voter Roll Update Exercise is intended to include on the voter roll of the country Liberians in the following categories:

  1. 1. Individuals who have attained the age of 18 since the Voter Registration exercise of 2011;
  2. 2. Individuals who returned to the country following the Voter Registration Exercise of 2011 and; 
  3. 3. Individuals who want to transfer or change the area(s) they registered in 2011.

Chairman Korkoya revealed that a total of 200 mobile teams will spend 3 days at each of the 1,780 polling centers in the country during the entire VR Update exercise which is expected to last for a total of 45 days.

On the Special Senatorial Election, Chairman Korkoya said the election is intended for the replacement of 50 per cent of the current membership of the Senate, or senators elected in the first category during the 2005 elections as provided for under Article 46 of the Liberian Constitution. 

This was the first meeting to be held between the Commission and the ECC since the coming to office of the current Board of Commissioners of the NEC.

The ECC is an umbrella Organization that represents 32 National Institutions associated with elections in Liberia.

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