NEC Announces End of Phase-one BVR Exercise -Says Challenges Were Handled On Site 

MONROVIA – With the end of phase-one of the biometric voter registration (VBR) process in the initial six counties, the National Elections Commission announces the commencement of Phase-2 of the BVR in the remaining nine counties, urging eligible voters in Phase-2 Counties to take advantage of the process.

The commission also acknowledged that there were “initial glitches of technical problems and few challenges” but added that the commission’s technical and administrative teams resolved on site these challenges and technical problems.

The Chairperson, Madam Davidetta Brown Lassanah made these assertions in a podcast yesterday, in which she also encouraged Liberians in Phase-2 counties of Bong, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee and Rivercess  to be ready to participate in the BVR  exercise on the 21st of April to11th May 3023.

“I am here to officially announce that phase-one of the biometric Voters Registration ended on Sunday, 9th April 2023 in the six counties of Bomi, Grand Grand Bassa, Grand Cape mount, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Montserrado,” the NEC Chairperson intimated.

The announcement by the Commission comes in the face of calls by some stakeholders for NEC to extend the registration process considering the logistical challenges the commission faced during the onset of the first phase of the BVR exercise.  

But the NEC boss reports in the podcast that the just ended Biometric Voters’ Registration in Phase-one was very successful because Liberians of 18 years and above turned out in great numbers.

She indicated that Liberians of voting age were registered amid the initial glitches of technical problems and few challenges which she said of course the commission’s technical and administrative teams resolved on site.

For what is considered the successful completion of the BVR Phase-One exercise of the BVR, the commission also extends thanks to all temporary staff, for their commitment and dedicated services during the biometric voters’ registration.

The Commission also commended with appreciation all Liberians in general and all stakeholders and actors as well as the international and regional communities for your numerous field observations and feedback to the commission on the BVR process. “Owners of facilities used as registration centers, let’s say thank you for your patriotism; and that the commission looks forward to the high level of cooperation on your part for the pending general election in October this year,” she averred.

The NEC boss further commended the joint security, saying the National Elections Commission appreciates the role of the joint security in responding and maintaining peace which allows the BVR process to proceed in targeted communities.

Madam Lassanah pointed out that the Commission thanks the government of Liberia for its continuing strides to fund the biometric voters’ registration as was recently done, adding that to this end the commission informs that in phase–two of the process contained 1,015 registration centers will be opened throughout the phase-two counties named as named earlier beginning at 8:am to 5:pm  daily, Sunday to Sunday.

She then urges all Liberians 18 and above in  phase-2 counties including Bong, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee and Rivercess to turn out to register 21st April –21 May 2023 in other to vote on 10th October 2023 general elections, adding, “Your votes matter.”

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