MONROVIA – A major threshold towards the holding the ensuing general election was made on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, when the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced to the public that the first consignment of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) equipment arrived in the country via the Roberts International Airport just as the staff operational training on the BVR system has commenced at the National Headquarters of the electoral umpire.
According to a press release from NEC issued yesterday, March 1, 2023, the materials which include training materials and server equipment for the Data Management System, are currently stored in the central warehouse of the Commission under the protection of the Liberia National Police.
The release further said the five-day in-house training for 49 employees, including magistrates, assistant magistrates and headquarters senior staff, is being jointly conducted by trainers of LAXTON, the contractor hired to provide the BVR services, and the Training and Procedures Section.
Oversight Commissioner for Training Josephine Kou Gaye described magistrates as the epicenter of conducting elections and said the training is one of the key activities in preparation for the rollout of the BVR.
According to the NEC communication Commissioner Gaye said the commission was building the capacity of relevant staff to effectively operate the BVR system. She challenged the participants to absolve the knowledge and work in the best interest of Liberia.
The participants will receive training in the operation of the various BVR kits, including maintenance, power services, and internet access and information transmission of the system.