NEC Reports Final Referendum Results Today

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Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) say Liberians and others interested to know about the outcomes on the Propositions voted for or against during the National Referendum on December 8, 2020, will today receive the remaining and final official reports of the process.

NEC chairperson, Davidetta Browne Lansanah, through the Commission’s communications department yesterday disclosed that all is set for the announcement of the results today.

“The National Elections Commission will [on] Thursday, April 1, 2021, announce the final results of the December 8, 2020 National Referendum conducted to change portions of the Liberian Constitution.

“The announcement will cover hundred percent of all of the polling places across the country,” Prince Dunbar, acting NEC Communications Director said in a press statement on behalf of the Commission.

According to Dunbar, the Commission has called on all journalists and other stakeholders to be present at the headquarters of the Commission in Sinkor not later than 10:30 a.m. to witness the occasion marking the announcement of the results.

“The Commission, under the able leadership of Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah, extends its warmest appreciation to all citizens, other nationals in our territories and partners, local and international, for the support accorded it and more importantly, the patience exhibited while the results were being tallied over the months,” he said.

Three summary propositions, including the reduction of the ternures of the President and Vice President from six years to five years with a two-term limit, Representatives from six years to five years and Senators from nine years to seven years as well as dual citizenship were voted for or against each, something from which the NEC will inform Liberians and the world today as to whether any othe them passed or not.

Additionally, the NEC said it has ended a two-day monitoring and evaluation (M&E) session with stakeholders including representatives from political parties, civil society organizations, representatives of diplomatic missions in Liberia and the Government on lessons learned from the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial and Representative by-elections as well as the National Referendum.

“There were a number of recommendations. The recommendations, among other things called on the NEC to submit a realistic budget to the National Legislature for approval, two years prior to the conduct of Special Senatorial Elections and General Elections in the country.

“Liberians are also calling on the NEC to ensure that the Government of Liberia provide special security protection for women candidates during elections, make mandatory civic and voter education, with messages targeting women and people with disabilities and to also identify more accessible polling centers for people with disabilities,” the NEC Acting Director of Communication said.

Prince Dunbar said the two-day M&E conference was held at the Monrovia City Hall and ended yesterday, March 31.

“The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Electoral Support Office in Liberia provided the funds for the NEC lessons learned conference from the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections and Constitutional Referendum,” he concluded.

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