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Voter Registration ‘Has No Trend Of Fraud,’ - ECC
MONROVIA, April 7 (LINA) -The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) has reported that the outgoing voter registration process held February 1-March 14 for the upcoming Presidential and Legislative elections, has no trend of fraud.
According to a local daily, the ECC’s fourth update released Wednesday during a press conference at the headquarters of the National Democracy Institute (NDI) in Sinkor, showed no systematic exclusion of a particular social or ethnic group and the process was generally peaceful.
At the same time, the report showed that there were some administrative lapses, such as registration centers being too far from communities, political parties’ agent assistance of applicants rather than being observers; malfunction of equipment at some centers, communication barrier due to the recruitment of election workers who were not resident in the communities they work, among others.
A total of 257 reports were received between March 3-7 and 86 received during the extension on March 14.
Out of 340 centers, there were only two reports of intimidation, harassment and violence against registration officials, applicant’s political party representatives or observers, while 314 centers out of 341 allowed persons with disabilities, the elderly and pregnant women to register before others applicants, among other.
The committee reported that a total of 10,188 (average 58) potential voters were successfully registered ,with women constituting a total 4,554 or (88%), spoilt registrations form sum up to 149 (average 8), individuals denied registration by election officials total at 208 average (12).
Other persons who were not allowed to register though they had proof of their eligibility were only two, while the total of 47 persons (average 3) were allowed to register though they appeared to be ineligible and 9 complaints were filed.
Meanwhile, the committee has recommended that the Government should issue National Identification cards to be used for Voters registrations, provide update on the case involving Amos Siebo, who was recently accused of being in possession of election materials.
The civil society group also called on the National Elections Commissions to learn from the VR process either regards to planning and adequate provision of logistics for the pending elections, as there can be no extension.
Political parties were advised to invest time and resources in training and recruitment of party’s agents to work especially on the day of the elections.
The ECC is the largest Civil Society platform comprising of 30 organizations and the group has a seven member steering committee representatives from over five-member group which includes Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), Action for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA), among others.