NEC Underperformed?

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    Cllr. Korkoya (middle) said they registered far lower than the expected number.jpg

    The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced provisional results from the voter roll update (VRU) exercise that a total number of 104,710 Liberians completed the process out of a projected 400,000 voters throughout the country.
    Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, April 17, at the headquarters of NEC, the Chairman of NEC, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, said the low turn out of voters was due to the apathy (lack of interest, boredom) of voters in Liberia.
    According to the Chairman, the 104,710 represents Liberians, who had attained the age of 18 years and above since the last election of 2011, and those who for one reason or the other did not register in 2011.
    Cllr. Korkoya said, “based on data obtained from the various statistical sources, a total of 400,000 eligible Liberians were expected to be registered with an estimated 250,000 eligible Liberians who have turned 18 and above since the 2011 voter registration exercise.”
    The chairman also explained that 67,474 or 64.4% are new registrants, whose ages range from 18 to 22 years, reflecting the overwhelming desire of young Liberians to participate in the democratic process.
    The provisional results show that 65,989 or 63% are males while 38,721 or 37% are female; thereby putting more young people in the position of electing their leaders.
    According to the provisional results, Montserrado County recorded the highest number of first time voters totaling 27,110 or 26%, followed by Nimba and Margibi Counties, with 11,251 or 11% and 9,677 or 9% respectively.
    The NEC chairman disclosed that Rivercess and River Gee counties recorded the lowest number of registrants totaling 1, 807 and 1,994 or 2% each, respectively.
    The chairman stressed that all essential measures intended to achieve this target including the provision of the requisite logistical support as well as the conduct of an aggressive Civil Voter Education Campaign, using CBOs, community and national media institutions, Civil educators and town criers.
    The chairman used the occasion to explain that Section 3.11 of the New Elections Law of 1986 and the key dates of the 2014 special senatorial election allowed the NEC to conduct an exhibition of the provisional voter roll from April 28 to May 2, 2014.
    During the exhibition period, the entire voter roll will be displayed at the 1,780 voter registration centers across the country to enable citizens— including new registrants— to make claims and objections where necessary, as well as corrections of their personal data.
     

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