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 Regional Consultations on Voter Roll Update Exercise Begin Friday in Zwedru and Robertsport Cities January 16th, 2014

The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will tomorrow, Friday, begin the conduct of a string of regional consultations on the impending Voter Roll Update Exercise at two locations across Liberia.

The consultations will be held in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County respectively.

The consultation in Grand Cape Mount County will bring together, chiefs, elders, district commissioners, county superintendents as well as youth and women groupings from Montserrado, Gbapolu, Bomi and Grand Grand Cape Mounties.

In Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, attendance of similar scope will be drawn from Sinoe, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Grand Gedeh Counties.

More than two hundred persons are expected to attend the consultations.

At the gatherings, Presentations will be made on the Legal Basis for the Voter Roll Update, Voter Roll Update Steps, Civic Voter Education and Communication Strategies for the Exercise, among others.

The second and final phase of the regional consultations will be held in Gbarnga, Bong County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa Counties.

In Gbarnga, Bong County, the consultations will bring together stakeholders from Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, while in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County participants will be drawn from Margibi, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa Counties.

The consultations are part of efforts by the National Elections Commission to elicit the participation of stakeholders in the Voter Roll Update Exercise which is the first of its kind to be conducted in Liberia.

The consultations are being held under the theme: “Enhancing Increased and Equitable Participation in the Voter Roll Update Exercise.”

Funding for the Consultations is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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