“BVR Will Not Be Extended” -NEC Says, As Phase One Enters Final Days

MONROVIA – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared that there will absolutely be no extension of the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in the Phase One counties of Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, BomI, and Gbarpolu.

According to a press release from NEC and signed by Prince Dunbar, Deputy Director of Communications, the position of the electoral body was made known on Friday, March 31, 2023 when the Chairperson, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansannah spoke to the media to clarify that the contract end date of 17 April 2023 for temporary BVR staff does not in any way indicate that voter registration in the Phase One counties will be extended beyond 9 April 2023. She said the contract is a generic one drawn for one month, from 18 March 2023 to 17 April 2023.

The Chairperson said the eight days from 9 April to 17 April will be used for temporary BVR staff to compile reports, retrieval of equipment and materials deployed to the field, and processing of payment for staff.

“Let me reiterate that the BVR in Phase One ends on 9 April 2023 and there will be no extension,” Madam Browne Lansanah emphatically declared.

She urged Liberians 18 years and above to use the remaining 9 days to complete their registration and assured that more voter cards will be deployed at registration centers to ensure that eligible voters registered.

Chairperson Browne Lansannah said there is no need for eligible voters in the Phase One counties to panic, as those who show up at the registration centers within the period will be registered.

Meanwhile, NEC has terminated the services of Antoinette Yancy, one of its Temporary Staff, who served as a Registrar at the Namuwa English and Arabic School in District #10, for acts inimical to her status as a BVR staff.

Ms. Yancy was terminated following an investigation that established her involvement in activities that had the propensity to undermine the integrity and credibility of the commission.

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