The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced that since the Voters’ Roll Update process started on January 29, 2014 only “26,287 eligible Liberians who have been included on the voter roll as of Saturday, February 22, 2014 to participate in the upcoming Special Senatorial Elections.”
Addressing a news conference Monday, February 24, in Monrovia, Commissioner Davidetta Browne Lasanah declared that the figure released is preliminary and that more information is expected from the field before the close of the process in March of this year.
Of the number released, the Commission indicated that 17,496 are males while 8,791 amounts to females captured in the process.
“Transferred voters or registered voters who changed their locations account for 6,981 of those registered.
These numbers represent processed forms received from areas that are accessible,” she pointed out.
She noted that most areas across the country have been touched by the update process, adding; “Yarnee District, Rivercess County, Dedei Town, Samah Town and Garney Town in Bong County as well as Jumoa in Grand Bassa County among others remain inaccessible areas for the team to cover.”
The Electoral body assured the public of their commitment to ensure that more jingles and dramas and radio broadcast are air on community radio stations in an effort to provide more insight on the registration process.
As the process progresses, “It is the expectation of the Commission that individuals who fall within the three categories will turn out at our respective voter roll update centers in order to be included on the voter roll.
This is important because obtaining a valid voter ID card is the pre-requisite for participation in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.”
Madam Lasanah disclosed NEC’s new approach to use mobile public address system in populated communities especially in Montserrado County to attract more Liberians to the voting process.
The Commission maintained that creating the awareness at all levels in the country to promote such process for inclusive participation remain a priority of the commission.
Meanwhile, the Commission opened a two-day workshop on Gender, Media-Collaborating for Equality in Elections yesterday in Monrovia.
The program brought together scores of media practitioners, civil society organizations and political parties to brainstorm on how to foster women’s participation in the upcoming election.