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 NEC Releases Provisional Voter Roll Update Results April 17th, 2014

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has released provisional results of the Voter Roll Update Exercise recently conducted across the country.

Making the announcement at a Press Conference Thursday in Monrovia, the Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said the Provisional results from the Voter Roll Update Exercise show that a total number of 104,710 Liberians were registered for inclusion on the Voter Roll.

Chairman Korkoya said this number represents Liberians who had attained the age of 18 years and above since the 2011 Voter Registration Exercise and those who, for one reason or the other, did not register in 2011.

He said 67,474 or 64.4 % of the new registrants are individuals whose ages range from 18 to 22 years.  

“This number indicates the overwhelming desire of young Liberians to participate in the democratic process of the country.” Chairman Korkoya noted.

He said the Provisional results also show that 65,989 or 63% of the new registrants are males while 38,721 or 37% are females. 

“According to the Provisional Results, Montserrado County recorded the highest number of first time voters totaling 27,110 or 26% followed by Nimba and Margibi Counties with 11,251 and 9,677 or 11% and 9%, respectively.

The results further show that Rivercess and River Gee Counties recorded the lowest number of new registrants totaling 1,807 and 1,994 or 2% each, respectively.”

Registered voters who transferred from their previous areas of registration to their current areas of residency are recorded at 44,000.

“You may recall that prior to the commencement of the Voter Roll Update Exercise, the Commission informed the public that based on data obtained from various statistical sources a total of 400,000 eligible Liberians were expected to be registered. Of this number it was estimated that 250,000 would be eligible Liberians who have turned 18 years and above since the 2011 Voter Registration exercise, and those who for one reason or another did not register in 2011. The remaining 150,000 were estimated to be registered Liberians who wished to transfer from their previous areas of registration to their current area of residency. 

Notwithstanding the fact that the Commission put into place all of the essential measures intended to achieve this target, including the provision of the requisite logistical support as well as the conduct of an aggressive Civic Voter Education Campaign, using CSOs, CBOs, community and national media institutions, civic educators, town criers, etc., it is clear that the Commission did not achieve this target based on several factors, principal amongst which is voter apathy.” The NEC Boss said.

He said in line with Sub-Chapter C, Section 3.11 of the New Elections Law of 1986 and the key dates of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, the Commission will conduct an Exhibition of the Provisional Voter Roll from April 28 to May 2, 2014. 

During the Exhibition period, the entire Voter Roll will be displayed at the 1780 Voter Registration Centers across the country to enable citizens, including new registrants, to make Claims and Objections where necessary as well as make corrections to their personal data. 

Claims and objections to a name on the Voter Roll may include objection to registration of a person either because the registrant is a non-Liberian Citizen or had not attained the age of 18 years and above.

Chairman Korkoya called on Liberians to participate in the Exhibition Exercise in order to help clean and correct the Voter Roll of the Country.

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