“Double Registrants Will Be Prosecuted” -NEC Warns BVR Violators

MONROVIA – As a pre-emptive measure to guard against any fraudulent means to undermine the ongoing Biometric Voters Registration (BVR), the National Elections Commission (NEC) has said drastic punishment awaits anyone caught in the act of double registration as it is a crime to register more than once and that those involved are taking risks, because they will be exposed through the biometric system and their information will subsequently be reported to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

In a press release issued over the weekend and signed by Mr. Prince Dunbar, Deputy Director for Communications, NEC said that the biometric registration system is designed in a way that any duplicate registration will be detected during the biometric adjudication process through the Central Management System and the voter information of registrants involved will be deactivated. 

“At the end of the first phase of the process, all data from the 1,065 Voter Registration Centers in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties will be synchronized through the biometric servers where the deduplication process will commence. The system is very efficient at comparing millions of biometric samples which will facilitate the detection of any duplicate registration across the Commission’s database of registered voters”, the release said.

The Commission further said the objective for the migration from the Optical Mark Recognition system to the Biometric Voter Registration system is to have a credible voter roll, void of duplicate registration by using unique human physical characteristics. This is why the Commission is capturing biographic data of registrants – thumbprint and face.

“At the same time, the Commission condemns in the strongest term possible those involved in acts of violence perpetuated during the voter registration process and commend the Liberia National Police through the Ministry of Justice for their rapid response in addressing the situation”, the release concluded.

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