National Elections Commission (NEC) Boss, Cllr. Jerome Kokoyah
Male Dominance Cited In VRU Exercise
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, April 29 (LINA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has recorded a total of 104,710 voters captured under its Voter Roll Update (VRU) exercise across the country, with male dominance cited in the report.
According to the NEC report, men account for 65,989 or 63 percent of those registered compared to their female counterparts with 38,721 or 37 percent.
The report also revealed that Bong County registered 7,116 persons, with male accounting for 4,003 or 56 percent, while 3,113 or 44 percent were females.
The VRU was launched in January this year to capture Liberians who turned 18 since the last election in 2011, those who relocated and others who lost their voter cards.
This will make them eligible to vote in the Mid-Term Senatorial Election slated for October this year.
The NEC report said while male dominance poses continuous challenge to females, it is worth noting that women participation in the VRU exercise failed to impress in any of the 15 counties in the country.
The report records the highest participation or 27,110 in Montserrado County, while Rivercess accounts for the lowest or 1,807 of all registered male and female voters.
According to NEC, women account for 51 percent of the country’s population, but their low level of participation runs contrary to the global campaign stressing the need for equity and balance in governance participation, particularly in electoral processes.