The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya, told a news conference at the NEC's headquarters in Monrovia Tuesday that a total of 1,903,229 voters are registered and qualified to participate in this year’s Special Senatorial Election.
Chairman Korkoya said the number represents a combination of figures from the 2011 Voter Registration Exercise and the 2014 Voter Roll Update Process.
The total number of registered voters in 2011, NEC said, was 1,798,930 while the 2014 Voter Roll Update Exercise registered 104,710 new voters.
Out of this number, NEC indicated; “986,190 (or 52%) are males, while 917,039 (or 48%) are females.”
According to the NEC, Montserrado County has the highest number of registered voters, totaling 649,484 (or 34%) followed by Nimba with 241,903 registered voters (or 13%) based on results from both registration processes.
Bong and Lofa Counties each have 178,866 and 164,203 respectively. According to the NEC, Rivercess and River Gee Counties have the lowest numbers of registered voters, recorded at 31,550 and 31,515 (or 2% each), respectively.
The NEC is scheduled to hold elections in the 15 counties for senators who were elected during the 2005 Special Elections in Liberia. Those senators’ tenures expire in January 2015. Two senators, Cletus Wortoson of Grand Kru and Fredrick Cherue of River Gee, have declined to seek re-election.