Monrovia – The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Friday, September 26, 2020 closed the voters roll update exercise in some parts of the country.
This comes less than hours after the Commission was dragged before the Chamber Justice of the Supreme Court by the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) for poorly handling activities leading to the conduct of the pending senatorial and By-elections, particularly the voter roll update exercise throughout the country.
The exercise which ran from September 11-25 observed the collection of raw data about potential registrants that is to be processed through the NEC’s data management system.
In spite of rumors of the alleged printing of voter cards and trucking by some politicians and that of protestation against the conduct of the VRU exercise by the opposition political parties and the general public, the NEC officially ends the Exercise on Friday, September 25, 2020 as per its electoral timeline.
During the period stated, the NEC also embarked on a mobile voters roll update exercise with focused on Liberians of voting age, including those who have reached the age of 18 years and above; those who have relocated from their previous voting places, those who have lost their voting cards and those who did not register during the last voter registration in 2017 and to delete the names of those who have passed a new or strange practice.
Announcing the end of the VRU exercise, NEC Chairperson Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah mentioned with the exception of Gbarpolu, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Cess, River Gee and Sinoe counties, the VRU is officially closed for the rest of the counties.
Madam Lansanah holds that while the update exercise generally is scheduled to end on the mentioned date, the NEC is under obligation to make up for centers that were not covered or did not start on the assigned dates, occasioned by logistical challenges due to bad roads.
“For those isolated cases, the VRU teams are being deployed and will conduct the VRU exercise from now to the 29th day of September, 2020 to process eligible citizens. The counties affected by the delay are Gbarpolu, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Cess, River Gee and Sinoe. For the rest of the country, the VRU exercise ends today at 5:00 P.M,” she said.
The NEC Chairperson further noted that the Final Registration Roll (FRR) will be announced after the data cleansing process, a process that includes de-duplication and the exhibition of the provisional voter roll.
Lansanah indicated that the provisional voter roll will be posted at all 2,080 precincts across the country for vetting during the exhibition thus calling on all Liberians to be patient and follow the process to its logical conclusion.
Accordingly; she lauded VRU staff, NEC technical and administrative staff who worked under very difficult conditions to ensure the project is executed.
Lansanah bewailed “We also note with appreciation the roles played by various actors including: political parties, civil society organizations, religious groups, and the media as well as local and traditional leaders to ensure that VRU process ran smoothly to its end and we also note will deep appreciation the Liberia National Police and the election security team that have been very helpful in containing situations timely as they arose throughout the VRU process.”
Similarly; the NEC appreciates international partners including the UN System in Liberia, the European Union, and the United States Agency for International Development, Sweden, Irish Aid and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their continued moral and technical support.