MONROVIA – The second phase of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) commences today in nine counties in North, Central and Southeastern Liberia, including Bong, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, River Gee, River Cess, Maryland, Grand Kru, and Sinoe, with 1015 Voter Registration Centers available to the public.
Making the statement Thursday, April 20, 2023, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah encouraged Liberians 18 years and above to turn out today and register, noting that the process will end on 11 May 2023.
“Please be informed that in Phase Two of the Biometric Voter Registration process in the nine counties named earlier, all of the 1015 Voter Registration Centers will be opened from 8 in the morning to 5PM daily, Friday to Friday.
“The National Elections commission urges all eligible Liberians to upload your personal data on the online porter, Reg.necliberia.org at the end of which you will be sent a QR code which you will screenshot and save to your mobile phone. When you come to the VR Center to complete your registration, just show your QR Code to the Registrar and confirm your data, then your photo and thumb prints will be taken and your new Voter ID card will be issued to you on the spot.
“So, don’t forget to go to the nearest voter registration center near where you live and do your registration there. You register, you get your card, you vote in the 10 October Elections. Voter Registration is everybody’s business. Your voice matters,” Madam Lansanah enjoined the public.
It can be recalled that Phase One of the BVR ended on April 9, 2023, with 1,435,209 eligible voters successfully going through the process.
Providing updates at the time, Chairperson Lansanah informed the nation that out of the total 1.4M registrants, 711,410 were female, while 723,799 were males. “This figure is subject to change due to the ongoing deduplication and adjudication process,” the NEC boss had indicated.
Upon the completion of Phase One, deduplication and adjudication of the voter registration records from the six counties immediately began at the Data Center. The exercise, NEC said, will remove all instances of multiple registration and other data cleaning processes.
“The Commission has opened its doors to all observers and stakeholders, including political party technicians that are duly accredited by the NEC to observe the deduplication and adjudication process,” Madam Lansanah said.
The preliminary results from Phase One of the BVR exercise showed that 891,201 voters registered in Montserrado County, while 184,425 voters registered in Margibi County, followed by Grand Bassa County where 157,712 voters were registered.
As for Grand Cape Mount County, 89,589 voters were registered, while Bomi and Gbarpolu saw 64,395 and 50,887 voters being respectively registered.
Following the end of Phase One on April 9, the NEC immediately commenced the retrieval of BVR equipment and materials to NEC Headquarters, which was accordingly completed on 11 April 2023.