Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) said up to yesterday, it has received and processed 2,026,426 voter registration forms as well as other electoral materials from 11 of the 15 counties.
At a press conference in Monrovia yesterday, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya said even if the Commission does not meet its target of 2.5 million voters, it will appreciate the over two million people who have successfully registered so far to vote in October.
“Following the close of the VR process, NEC is in the process of retrieving registration forms and materials from the field; and as at today, March 23, we have received and recorded 2,026,426 forms and they are in our warehouse,” Cllr. Korkoya said.
He said the reported figure came from Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Bong, Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe, River Gee and Rivercess counties.
Magistrates assigned in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Lofa and Grand Cape Mount counties are yet to submit their completed VR forms and all other materials used in the VR process.
The VR exercise, which commenced on February 1, ended on March 7, but due to the low turnout of registrants, particularly women, and irregularities that characterized the process, NEC added one week, thereby ending the exercise on March 14.
Korkoya said of the 1,366,473 forms that have been taken to the Commission’s data center, 655,423 have been scanned, accounting for 53 percent males and 47 percent females.
“We appeal to our fellow compatriots to be patient about getting the final results from the VR process, as processing of data goes through stages to derive a provisional voter roll,” he said.
Korkoya added that the first stage of the process is preparing forms for scanning, while the second stage has to do with the feeding of Optical Mark Recognition forms into scanners to collect the information of each registrant.
“Once the data is collected from the form, it goes to the quality control stage, where the information is validated to ensure that the age, name, registration center of each registrant is captured correctly. The data checked at the quality control stage is then cleansed, where the entire scanned items are reviewed to ensure accuracy,” Cllr. Korkoyah noted.
He said consistent with Chapter 3, sub chapter C, Section 3.11(2a) of the New Elections Law of Liberia, the Commission will conduct an exhibition of the provisional voter roll from June 12-17 at designated centers in the country’s 73 electoral districts.
“The exercise is essentially designed to correct errors on the particulars of registrants during the VR exercise and to provide the platform for claims and objections, if any,” he said.
Korkoya meanwhile called on every registered voter to participate in the exhibition exercise as that would help to produce a clean voter roll.