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NEC Official Warns Against Registering Refugees

By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent

ZWEDRU City, Feb 1 (LINA) - National Elections Commission (NEC) Senior Magistrate for Grand Gedeh County, Arthur Dougee, has warned against the encouragement of refugees to register in the ongoing voters roll update exercise.

He said registering refugees who are not Liberians will give politicians illegal votes in the upcoming mid-term senatorial election.

Speaking  shortly  before  the  release  of  the  schedule  of activities  of the update which started  in  the  county on Thursday, January  30,  for 45  days,  Mr. Dougee told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the voters  roll  update  is for eligible Liberians only.

He disclosed that seven  teams  have  been  drawn up and  deployed   in  64 centers around Grand Gedeh  on  scheduled  dates  to  ensure  the participation  of  eligible  voters.

Already, he  said,  posters  have  been  posted at  public buildings,  including  schools, churches, mosques,  palava  huts  and other places.

Magistrate  Dougee  also warned against trucking  voters  from  one  place  to another to register  as  was  done  in  the  2011  general  and  presidential   elections.

This, he noted, was one  of  several  reasons for the low  turn-out of voters in the second round because there was  no  means  to  transport  them when their  sponsors  lost  in the  first round of the elections.



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