NEC Slams Claims by Tipoteh on Voters Roll

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Cllr. Korkoya (left) said NEC is taken aback by the Dr. Tipoteh's (right) claim that it is not realistic that this Commission succeeded in registering over two million potential voters for the ensuing elections.

Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday debunked Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh’s claims that the figure of registered voters announced by the commission was unrealistic and unimaginable, considering that there were low turn outs of people and several challenges at the time of the voter registration (VR) process.

NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said under no condition could the Commission carry out the registration process without contacting the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), which is responsible for data on population and other demographic issues. Korkoya said the figure of 2.1 million registered voters for the ensuing elections was neither created out of imagination, nor through any fraudulent means. “We are taken aback by Tipoteh’s numerous assertions, but among them is his claim that it is not realistic that this Commission succeeded in registering over two million potential voters for the ensuing representative and presidential elections,” Korkoya said.

It can be recalled that Tipoteh recently questioned the possibility of the NEC registering over two million voters when there were several reported VR frauds and challenges. He also noted that the country’s population, which is now approximated 4.5 million, lacks the number of potential voters as announced by the NEC. To that, Korkoya pledged to have the head of LISGIS “come and provide some clarity so…everyone understands.” He then admonished Tipoteh and others ‘spreading falsehood’ on elections matters to do the country the most honorable thing by seeking the right information from the right authorities.

In a related development, Korkoya said the NEC has concluded the signing of the contract with the Slovenian company that will be printing the ballot papers. “The Commission has concluded the signing of the ballot printing contract with CETIS. Ballot papers for the representatives will be printed in Ghana, while the presidential candidates’ ballot papers will be printed in Slovenia,” he said. Korkoya noted that the decision to print the ballot papers in two different countries was based on a technical advice the company provided. “The PPCC, NEC and all its partners were part of the consultations and we all agreed with the company after citing logical reasons,” he said, adding that in 2011, ballot papers were printed in Ghana and South Africa. “We have already forwarded the done deal between us and the company to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for its consideration on financial disbursement as required by law,” Korkoya told reporters. He added that the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General will attest to the contract to complete all legally accepted processes involved in awarding contracts to companies, foreign or Liberian.

Korkoya said that a voter increase system (VIS) has already been established by the Commission and its function will be to help voters across the country to access elections information through text messages. Korkoya said that all a voter needs to do is to include his or her election’s profile, particularly the voter ID card serial number and the polling center to which he or she will be voting on October 10. “The system will send to all voters connected to this platform their voting centers,” he said, stating that the company handling this system’s contract is a Liberian company that has been in the business for a long time. Korkoya said the recruitment of the ensuing elections poll staff will not be based on friendship but instead on a competitive process that will take into consideration competence, commitment, experience and integrity.

Meanwhile, LISGIS director general, Dr. T. Edward Liberty, told yesterday’s gathering that it was unfortunate that Tipoteh is not following developments related to population statistics in the country. On the issue of the population, Dr. Liberty said NEC received national population statistics from his office at the start of the voter registration process that ended in March. “On the projection of the population for now, we have 1,140,000 zero to eight years old. They are not potential, neither eligible voters,” Dr. Liberty said. He said children who were nine years old in 2008 when the census was conducted, are now 18, and counting them now as eligible voters along with others in the age of 95 make up 3,059,817.

Dr. Liberty said the country’s population is over 4 million as of this year.

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  1. I have a great deal of admiration for Dr Tipoteh, but for his calling for a postponement of elections and ushering in an interim government I think is farfetched. The NEC stats actually seems realistic as explained by Dr Liberty. Guys, let’s move the country forward.

  2. I fully agree with Tipoteh. His points are clear and simple: Latest statistics (eg. CIA World Factbook 2016) put Liberia total population at 4,299,944 with the following structural characteristics:
    0-14 years: 42.3% (male 917,354/female 901,627)
    15-24 years: 18.9% (male 400,013/female 412,869)
    25-54 years: 31.32% (male 669,630/female 677,321)
    55-64 years: 4.3% (male 89,264/female 95,519)
    65 years and over: 3.17% (male 66,658/female 69,689)
    An objective analysis, even in elementary terms would put the total population of voting age around 2.1 million. With this, is the NEC saying that ALL the population of voter age registered to vote? I have never heard such anywhere around the world. Unfortunately, the NEC’s response as per this article does not in anyway address this very critical issue.

  3. Too much group – think group – speak lying of most public officials that any information from them should be taken with a grain of salt, especially so, in a major presidential race. For instance, how could Dr. Tipoteh’s contention about inconsistencies on the voters’ roll be baseless when NEC Chairman Korkoya’s own colleague, Commissioner Jonathan Weedor, on June 20, 2017 publicly debunked Korkoya’s statement “that individuals with Voter Cards who are not listed on the final Registration Roll will be permitted to vote during the pending October 10, elections”?

    We aren’t echoing extreme measures such as postponing the elections, but it would be reckless to just “move on”. The tendency of wishing away complex problems with levity and indifference is one of the reasons for our backwardness, poverty, and disunity. The question is, Chairman Korkoya or Commissioner Jonathan Weedor, which of the two NEC officials should we believe on this hot- button issue of Voter Roll?

    Needless to say, unless an emergency occurs necessitating an intimidating security sector presence that might keep potential voters from venturing outside on Elections Day, we expect about 2.1 millions registered voters to cast their ballots. This means if everything goes well, about 100,000 less than the figure given by Korkoya is, probably, confirmation of Dr. Tipoteh’s suspicions. But what good will that do after many citizens would’ve been deprived from exercising their constitutional right to vote?

    Political parties and civil society organizations should join Dr. Tipoteh to get to the bottom of the alleged shenanigans with the Voters Roll. Liberians don’t want them coming later to cause confusion and commotion; this is the moment to nip that outcome in the bud, so to say. Thanks Dr. Tipoteh for engaging in this significant civic duty; sadly, many of our people care less about grave national matters; no wonder, then, upheavels usually catch them totally unprepared.

  4. WE should note here that neither of the two doctors (Phd’s) has the prerequisite for turning over the election process already enacted as scheduled or are they both canvassing for this election. On the other hand, the Silent majority 57% enhanced from the last election is the present Presidential Power and will not encourage any intervention into this election. It is suggested that these book men exercise their rights to vote or not to vote when the time comes or avoid citing the public to cause any disruption in this election. We mean it!… In the meantime, this NEC should not be busy with activities of big political gimmicks and come under the protectorate arms of the silent majority so as to complete the electoral process this term in the interest of the Liberian nation. This silent majority will not allow any individual or formed organization under any name or party to cause riots as was in the past. Our institutions have been reinstated. We need no more war in this nation. We are serious about getting the actual count of the next leaders from those who vote and abstain. If you feel incompetence or not secured about you life, property, or the manner of the conduction of the process, Liberia has its own jurisprudence, its own sovereignty and courts standing by. We are not look at any particular person or organ in sight. We are looking at the Liberian nation that needs resources, health, peace and stability as a people. Every Liberian regardless of who you profess to be is protected under the constitution. International groups and/or nations may observe; but we will handle our own affairs this time regardless what you say or what you write.
    Gone in silence. Tell the Liberian State and its people.

  5. What instruments can fight the silent majority? What Power? Peace or no Peace? If you do not have, better you vote or abstain in peace.
    This is not a chat room. Tell the Liberian people.
    Gone to 57% in silence.

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