MONROVIA – Against the backdrop of a reported request from the United States Embassy, near Monrovia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a sample of the 2023 national voter registration card, the foreign mission has denied ever writing such letter be it through an official Diplomatic Note or any other communication with respect to the very important electoral document.
In the press statement issued on yesterday, Wednesday, September 14, 2022 however the statement said that in July this year, the Embassy sent a Diplomatic Note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its routine diplomatic correspondence, requesting fully completed sample specimens of travel identity and other official documents issued by Liberia
The statement further said that the Department of State makes this request to all countries in the world as part of the US government’s continuing effort to prevent fraudulent use of international travel, identity, and civil documents.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs correctly passed this request to the various government entities responsible for producing those documents, including the National Elections Commission (NEC)”.
“The letters published in the press from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are neither forged nor nefarious, but rather routine diplomatic correspondence that had no connection to the NEC’s important work in procuring new biometric voting systems”, the statement concluded.
It can be recalled that there was public outcry and mixed reactions from some citizens who were deeply concerned about the reported request of the US Embassy near Monrovia to ask for such sensitive document from the National Elections Commission at such a curious time when the proposed use of the biometric technology is still being debated by stakeholders and no final decision has been taken thus far.
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