US$5 Voter Card Replacement Ends Today

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NEC Chair, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya

Says NEC, quoting Article 3.5:2 of election law

The replacement of lost or damaged voter registration cards, which recently became a matter of controversy over the weekend when it was discovered that replacement applicants would be charged US$5, ends today, June 25, 2019.

The publication comes barely two weeks ahead of the two major by–elections scheduled for July 8, 2019, to fill vacant seats in Montserrado County District #15 (Lower House) and Montserrado County Upper House (Senate).

The NEC reminds the public that this process is consistent with the 1986 Elections’ Law, Section 3.5:2, which says: “In the event of loss or destruction of the registration card, and after proof has been established, the registrar shall issue a new card for a minimum fee of US$5 to be paid in the internal revenue.”

Additionally, NEC acting Communication director, Prince Dunbar, informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone that: “It is true because it is based on the Constitution. That’s what the law says. People have gotten used to free gift, because the NEC has in the past done this free-of-charge to encourage more people participate in the electoral processes. Right now, the Commission has no money, so it has to go strictly by the law,” Mr. Dunbar said.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Earlier, the NEC in its public service announcement said it informs the public that the replacement exercise for lost or damaged voter registration (VR) Cards, begins on Friday, June 21, 2019.
The replacement of lost or damaged VR Cards will end on Tuesday, June 25 2019.

The Commission informs the public that two replacement centers have been set-up at its Lower Magisterial Office in Brewerville and Upper Magisterial Office in Bensonville both in Montserrado County.

The replacement process is as follows:
1. Obtain a replacement VR ID Card invoice slip for its magisterial office;

2. Proceed to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Office for payment and obtain a flag receipt slip from the LRA;

3. Proceed back to NEC Magisterial Office for the replacement of your lost or damaged voter registration card.

The NEC reminds the public that this process is consistent with the 1986 New Elections Law Section 3.5:2 which says, in the event of loss or destruction of the registration card, and after proof has been established, the registrar shall issue a new card for a minimum fee of five, $(5) dollars to be paid in the Internal Revenue.

The NEC announcement is signed by Prince Dunbar , NEC acting communications director.

3 COMMENTS

  1. woo, this too is Liberia. we are improving. are you saying a national ID or Vote card replacement is to be pay in USD. what is this? do you think things will ever get better? what about the those who don’t have access to USD. for God Seek, why can’t the money be pay in Liberian dollars? for it is better to pass a law to remove Liberian dollars from the market and use only USD as our local currency. we can call it L-USD ( Liberian USD). it is the government responsibility to change the LD to USD. I support the ID replacement fund 100% but don’t support Liberians paying in USD 100%. Liberia is not the United States and will never be due to out Location, the way we think and do things. very soon School fees from the level of Kindergarten to 12th Grade and All Universities will be pay in USD, one will have to buy pepper and salt, take a taxi or bus, or buy a beg of water in the street in USD Cent and dollars instead of Liberian dollars. But the government stay pays employees in LD in cash and USD on Paper. I am so sorry that all the help I can offer is to talk like others. I wish I was in the position for decision making on some of these issues. But may God help my country Liberia. I don’t hit USD but it will be good for national issue like these that we ourselves try to value our currency. we are losing our identity that even the American will devalue us. I know things are hard but we can make it, we can do it, we can make the difference from the past, and make Liberia a “Sweet Land of Liberty” again.

  2. It is very unfair to have the venue for the replacement of lost voters registration cards far from the district in which a voter lives. Every district should have had a replacement center as it was in the case of the voter registration centers to curtail the financial bottle neck associated with the cost of a see-saw up and down transportation process.

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