BVR Results Define Electoral Map -As Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Bassa Top list

MONROVIA : The electoral map which will show areas where most of the votes that will produce winners in the ensuing general election may have emerged yesterday when the National Elections Commission(NEC) released the preliminary outcome of the second phase of the BVR which was conducted in 9 of the remaining counties where the compilation of the outcome of the two exercises totaling 2,468,942 showed that 6 counties, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties topped the list of the rest.

In the compilation of the results by The Analyst which compared to the 2017 figures for each of the counties, the outcome showed that there were increases which fluctuated between counties where some only recorded marginal upward shifts while others were huge. Montserrado County which has always dominated the rest of the counties with the highest number of registrants maintained its lead with 891.201 from its 2017 figure which was recorded at 777,503.

The compilation suggests that there were no radical departure from the trend of registrants from 2017, as Nimba County once again came second with 308,421 from its 279,572 while Bong and Margibi counties came third and fourth with 237,413 from 208150 and 184,425 from 154,328 respectively.

In similar vein, Lofa which recorded 167,155 in 2017 jumped to 177,892 this year and Grand Bassa with 145,798 in 2017 registered 157,712 this year.

Three counties, Maryland, Bomi and Grand Gedeh Counties followed Lofa and Bassa where Maryland got 69,034 from 57,344 in 2017, Bomi had 64,395 from 61,171 while Grand Gedeh from 63,495 advanced to 64,061, a little increment compared to others.

The last 5 other counties, Sinoe, Gbarpolu, Grand Kru, Rivercess and Rivergee also contributed to the census BVR figure, with Sinoe contributing 56,011 from 47,952 in 2017, Gbarpolu at 50,887 from 48,699, Grand Kru got 42,729  from 35,506 while Rivercess and Rivergee, recorded 49,201 from 35,600 and 37,921 from  35,240.

Of all the major contenders in the race for the presidency so far, only the Standard Bearers of the Unity Party(UP) and the Liberia People’s Party(LPP) Mr. Joseph Nyuma Boakai and Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe are said to be citizens of vote rich counties of Lofa and Nimba counties respectively.

President George Manneh Weah, though from Grand Kru, have had   a massive support base in Montserrado County while Alexander Cummmings who contested in 2017 got most of the votes from Nimba County as compared to his native Maryland county

Speaking at the presentation of the results yesterday at the National Headquarters of NEC, the Chairperson, Madam Davidetta Brown Lassanah said the briefing emphasized the outcome of the just ended 2023 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise, the upcoming Exhibition of the Provisional Registration Roll (PRR) and the Candidate Nomination process for the 10 October

General Elections.

“As was indicated during the release of the Preliminary Results for Phase One, these figures are also subject to change following the completion of the deduplication and adjudication process. The public is assured that in the coming days, the Final Preliminary Results of the fifteen (15) counties of Liberia will be released prior to the Exhibition of the Preliminary Registration Roll (PRR). It is this total preliminary result that will be exhibited at the 2080 Exhibition Centers

in the fifteen (15) counties.

She said  on a related note, the NEC is pleased to inform Liberians and all stakeholders that, as per the electoral calendar, the EXHIBITION of the Provisional Registration Roll will begin on 12 June and end on 17 June 2023. During this period, all 2080 Registration Centers will become Exhibition Centers and will be opened from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

She said the purpose of the Exhibition is to give registrants the opportunity to reaffirm their registration details and request corrections where necessary. Registrants appearing at the Exhibition Centers will be informed about the next procedure regarding their inquiries.

“The Exhibition process is also intended for Liberians to vet the Provisional Roll and where necessary, object, with proof; to persons they believe are ineligible to be on the voters roll. The NEC encourages all registrants to visit the Registration Centers where they registered to verify their information, as this will also help ensure accuracy, transparency, inclusiveness and integrity of the voters roll.

“Distinguished stakeholders, the NEC also uses this opportunity to inform political parties, coalitions, alliances and independent aspirants that, based on the electoral timeline, the nomination of candidates for the 10 October 2023 General Elections will begin on 14 June 2023 and end at 5:00 PM on 14 July 2023, with no extension. All political parties, coalitions, alliances and independent aspirants are advised to take advantage of this one-month period to complete their nomination process.

Finally, as per the earlier pronouncement, the Commission reiterates that documentation of violations of the campaign regulations is ongoing since 5 May 2023. The Commission also notes since the issuance of the 15 May 2023 ultimatum for would-be aspirants to remove or take down their paraphernalia, the Commission, in monitoring, observed that in many of the fifteen (15) counties is unheeded.

“The Commission notes that it will apply appropriate measures for these violations. The Commission reminds all aspirants that the Campaign period runs from 5 August 2023 to 8 October 2023. 8. In closing, the Commission again thanks and assures all Liberians, all stakeholders and electoral actors that the NEC will continue to work with you to the successful conclusion of the 2023 electoral process”, the Chairperson concluded.

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