NEC Regrets Inaccessibility of Sinoe VR Centers

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By David S. Menjor

As the nationwide exhibition of the 2017 voters roll began yesterday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has expressed regret over the inaccessibility of several centers in Sinoe County Electoral Districts #1 & 2.

At a brief press conference in Monrovia yesterday, NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said the centers are unreachable for now due to the flooding of the roads as a result of heavy rainfall in those districts.

“For the sake of transparency, we will continue to keep the public informed of every unfolding event, regardless of the location, where each case is identified,” Korkoya noted. He added that even though the deadline for the exhibition is on Saturday, June 17, residents in the affected areas who have registered to vote will have extended time to allow them to verify all of their voter registration (VR) information before the start of the campaign period.

The voter roll exhibition is intended for all registered voters to verify the accuracy of their information, including names, ages, places of birth, among others, as given to NEC registrars at the time of the VR process that ended on March 14. It also provides adult community dwellers who have registered to vote the opportunity to identify the names of people who are not residents of said community and are non-Liberian citizens who might have succeeded in registering to vote.

“Due to the flood, it was dangerous for any of our staff to make any attempt into those centers,” he pointed out. “District #1 has 20 VR centers; and of the 20 centers, six were affected. Electoral District #2 has 25 VR centers, but we were able to access only two of them.”

He listed Kabada, Tubmanville Clinic, Palatroken Palava Hut, Plasiken Palava Hut, Wessay Town Palava Hut and Saywon Town VR centers as those affected in District #1, while Old Government Camp-Neeteah and Sunshine Town Hall were the two centers in Sinoe Electoral District #2 that have so far been reached.

“We expect new updates from our Sinoe staff before the close of business today (yesterday),” he said.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s press conference coincided with the training of staffers from the registered political parties as well as some civil society groupings on how their election hopefuls should be listed on the ballot papers. The training also afforded them the opportunity to listen and make inquiries about issues of concern, including challenges faced in Sinoe County regarding the exhibition of the voter roll.

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  1. Thanks very much this time for expressing the regret Mr. chairman, this is not the first time, even During the Voters Registration process, the Centers here in Sinoe especial District 1 Precisely the Communities in Tartweh, Kpanyan Statutory District Suffer a lot fro the process. our people never had the chance to register bec of the Deplorable conditions of the Equipment sent there. we suffer to the extend, our votes did not reach 3000. many of our people may not participate in the Elections. therefore, we are kindly appealing that ur office do everything possible that the feel register voters have total access to participate in the election. Tartweh had all time been the most populated community in District 1 elections but because of this problem they are not even the 3rd populated electoral community. just imagine, a community of over 10,000 eligible voters, did not even reach 3000, so pls consider Tartweh very cardinal that we have all access to the elections.

  2. :thanks very much this time for expressing the
    regret Mr. chairman, this is not the first time,
    even During the Voters Registration process, the
    Centers here in Sinoe especially District 1
    Precisely the Communities in Tartweh, Kpanyan
    Statutory District Suffer a lot from the process. our
    people never had the chance to register because of
    the Deplorable conditions of Equipments sent
    there. we suffer to the extend, our votes did not
    reach 3000. many of our people may not
    participate in the Elections. therefore, we are
    kindly appealing that ur office do everything
    possible that the few register voters have total
    access to participate in the election. Tartweh
    had all time been the most populated
    community in District 1 elections but because of
    this problem they are not even the 3rd populated
    electoral community. just imagine, a community
    of over 10,000 eligible voters, did not even reach
    3000, so pls consider Tartweh very cardinal that
    we have all access to the elections.

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