NEC Warns Aspirants

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NEC chair Jerome George Korkoya encourages women voters to register to make the exercise inclusive

If those aspiring for seats at the Legislature – specifically independent candidates – are not mindful of the new election guidelines, they will fall in trouble with authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Henceforth, the Commission has warned all aspiring independent candidates for the October elections to use the voter identification card numbers issued by NEC in 2011, 2014, or the current ones as they recruit their petitioners.
In a statement, NEC said this broad option makes it easier to verify the petitioners’ identification numbers against their names during the process of scrutiny and review of the requirements the independent candidates have submitted.
Meanwhile, the NEC says it welcomes the recently published international observers’ statements by the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute on the ongoing voter registration (VR) process. The VR process, which began on February 1, ends today, March 14.
As NEC prepares to conduct the October presidential and legislative elections, the commission says it continues to listen to all of its stakeholders to ensure that the upcoming elections will be “inclusive, credible and transparent.”
“These statements by international observers’ institutions and their recommendations are welcome and the NEC will give them full considerations in future preparations to go forward,” the NEC statement said.
NEC has meanwhile encouraged all Liberians over 18 years old, who have not registered to take advantage of the remaining hours of extension of the VR exercise, which ends today, March 14, at 5pm.

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