NEC Records over 2M Registered Voters

Opposition parties say NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya's tenure is nearing expiration, which presents an opportunity to skew outcomes of the by-elections in favor of President Weah’s preferred candidates, in order to keep his job.

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.

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  1. Being cognizant that the devil is in the detail, we will wait patiently until NEC Czar Counselor Korkoya announce the breakdown of the 2,026,426 registrants county by county – a required information for the public, and political parties.

  2. We are waiting patiently because of perceptions that Counsellor Korkoya and NEC have so far been kowtowing to the whims of EJS whose post – presidency fate is dependent on getting a malleable successor like her newest clone, Counsellor Charles Brumskine of LP.

    The first sign of shenanigans was the fact that an Iron Lady who won two elections (2005 and 2011) without strict voter identification requirements was aping the state of Texas in order to disenfranchise undocumented illiterate Liberians, especially those born in the leeward areas of rural communities. Of course, the second sign of shenanigans is the recent NEC report that over 300, 000 voters were registered in Bong County. And very soon NEC might announce that another 300, 000 to 500,000 were registered in Nimba County to complete the numbers – motivated vote – rich county fiction. When probably the number of registrants are being deliberately exaggerated to create the impression that counties believed to be still under the influence of EJS are going to be the deciders of the 2017 presidential race.

    No wonder the 2017 rash of funding to quick fix mini – development projects in some these so – called vote – rich counties. Unsurprisingly, Lofa County is hardly mentioned these days as the next vote – rich county after the overcrowded capital city.

    Well, seemingly, EJS and her political strategists are counting on three fault lines to get away with a reckless cheating scheme that could cause conflict. First, cowardice of opposition political leaders, Second, gullibility of a suffering vast majority, and, third, the silence of an intelligentsia benefiting from her vampirish governance. We hope their calculations are right that she can install Brumskine, and everything will go on smoothly in the country: We don’t trouble, we don’t want war.

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  4. Hi NEC, please sent me the total number of registered voters in district #4 Montserrado County. Thanks.

  5. Comment: Hi NEC pls sent me the number of people that registered in district #16 Montserrado County. Number of male n female. Number of young people 18-35 n adults 36 n above.


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