Jerome Kokoya, National Election Commission
NEC Announces Provisional VRU Data
MONROVIA, Feb 25 (LINA) - The National Elections Commission (NEC) has released provisional data on the Voter Roll Update (VRU) Exercise being conducted across the country.
According to the figures released by the NEC through the Commissioner with Oversight Responsibilities of Communications, Davidetta Browne Lansanah, the total number of eligible Liberians who have been included on the voter roll as of Saturday, February 22, 2014, is 26,287.
Commissioner Lansanah, at a news conference Monday, said of this number, 17,496 are males while 8,791 are females.
She disclosed that Transferred Voters or registered voters who changed their locations are 6,981. These numbers, she said, represent processed forms received from areas that are accessible.
The NEC Commissioner indicated that Inaccessible communities that have not submitted completed registration forms include Yarnee District in Rivercess County, Dedei Town, Samah Town and Garney Town in Bong County as well as Jumoa in Grand Bassa County, among others.
“As the process progresses, it is the expectation of the Commission that individuals who fall within the three categories will turn out at our respective Voter Roll Update Centers in order to be included on the voter roll. This is important because obtaining a valid voter ID card is the pre-requisite for participation in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election,” Commissioner Lansanah intimated.
She called on all stakeholders in the electoral process, such as Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations, Women and Youth Groups, Religious Leaders and all Liberians to encourage eligible Liberians to turn out and be included on the voter roll.
“As part of efforts to enhance equitable and increased participation in the Special Senatorial Election, the Commission has intensified its Civic and Voter Education (CVE) campaign nation-wide.
“These include the production of additional jingles and dramas in both Liberian English and the 16 local Languages of the country. The Commission has also produced a new version of the special Voter Roll Update song. These are being aired on 43 community radio stations and 11 national radio and television stations,” she noted.
She also revealed that the Commission has embarked upon the use Mobile Public Address Systems in populated communities, especially in Montserrado County, disclosing that since the start of the Mobile Public Address System, an upsurge in attendance at Voter Roll Update Centers has been reported.
The NEC Commissioner said as part of the Integrated Civic and Voter Education Strategy of the Commission, the NEC will, this week commence a series of intensive community mobilization and town hall forums targeting first time voters.
The voter Roll Update Exercise started on January 29, 2014 and is aimed at including on the Voter Roll Liberians who have attained the age of 18 years and above since the 2011 Voter Registration Exercise.
Others targeted are Liberians who, for one reason or the other did not register in 2011 and registered voters who have changed locations within the country and wish to be captured in their current areas of residency.