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ECC Official On Success Of 2017 VR Exercise
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ECC Official On Success Of 2017 VR Exercise
By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, February 7 (LINA) – The General Secretary of the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), Oscar Bloh, has said unless corrective measures are taken, the 2017 electoral process could be hindered.

He said he was bothered by the issue of capacity affecting the Liberia National Police, budget shortfall and deplorable roads, all of which, he said, should have been part of the planning processes of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.

He described the ongoing registration as the beginning of the entire election process and that unless properly handled the process could be affected.

According him, feedback gathered through 162 text messages forwarded to him by some of the 100 ECC observers cite low representation of females as registrars, lack of presence of uniformed officers at registration centers and the lack of political party representative or agents.

He said the feedback also points to the late opening of some of the centers as well as the malfunctioning of cameras.

Bloh told the UNMIL Radio “Coffee Break” Tuesday that the report which covers Phase One commencing February 1-6 does not cover the entire country, but rather those areas covered by ECC observers.

It can be recalled that the ECC recently trained and deployed 89 observers across the country to observe the voter registration exercise, but this number was later increased to 100.

The observers or monitors are sending their observation reports via coded text messages using mobile phones to the ECC National Information Center located in Monrovia.

Bloh said complaints about people been taken from different places to serve in other areas could be because people in said localities did not meet the requirement due to the technical nature of the work.

He, however, confirmed receiving information about the inability of some registrars to spell some names.

He noted that instead of playing a blame game, it is important for all Liberians to work in ensuring that the appropriate authorities address the situation.

Meanwhile, Bloh has blamed the low performance of some voter registrars to the situation facing the education sector of the country, adding, “The level of education in the country is part and parcel of our governance system.”

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