NEC Maintains 3 Days Enough To Register Voters

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MONROVIA, Jan 8 (LINA) - The National Elections Commission (NEC) has clarified that three days are sufficient for a Voter Roll Update Team to spend at each Voter Registration

center in the 15 counties of Liberia during the Voter Roll Update Exercise.

The Commission says the Voter Roll Update Exercise will be conducted successfully at each center without problem.

The NEC said this is not a new voter registration exercise and as such turn out at each center will not exceed 300 persons.

The NEC believes that arguments from some quarters about the insufficiency of the three-day period of stay by each VR Update Team at a center are presumptuous and not backed by facts, NEC said in a release quoted by the Liberian News Agency.

NEC says all stakeholders in the electoral process, including political parties, were consulted about the mechanics of the Voter Roll Update Exercise even before the time table of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election was released.

The NEC disclosed that such consultations took place in Kakata, Margibi County, and as such it is very remote for any political party or individual to begin to make uncomplimentary comments about the Voter Roll Update Exercise few days before its commencement.

In a release the NEC intimated that the decision to update the Voter Roll of the country took into consideration logistical and funding challenges.

NEC hoped that all stakeholders in the electoral process would get involved in the process of encouraging the targeted categories of Liberians to participate in the exercise.

The Voter Roll Update Exercise which runs from January 13 to March 5, 2014, targets Liberians who have attained the age of 18 years and above since the 2011,individuals who did not register in 2011 as well as registered voters who have relocated.