Acting National Elections Commission (NEC) Chair Jonathan K. Weedor officially launched Civic and Voter's Education (CVE) campaign last Saturday for Montserrado County District #11 Representative By-Election.
The conduct of the by-elections followed the death of Representative Moses S. Tandapolie, who died on March 16, 2012 while attending a Legislative Retreat in Gbarnga, Bong County with his colleagues.
Delivering a statement at the DLMA Church in Barnesville Estate, Commissioner Weedor said the nomination of candidates, publication of the By-Election Regulations and release of the By-Election Calendar were already completed on Friday May 18, 2012.
He however told the electorate that voting day is scheduled for July 3, 2012 to allow them elect a representative of their choice. Meanwhile, Weedor said voter education exercise ends on July 2, 2012, and therefore called on registered voters to turn out to vote.
For his part, NEC External Relations Deputy Executive Director Nathan Garbie deemed the launch of the voter education campaign as important in sensitizing the electorate.
Garbie said in order to ensure a successful CVE campaign in District #11, the NEC and its international partner, the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) recruited and deployed 26 town criers and mobilizers to conduct the exercise.
He additionally said two cultural troupes and eight gender monitors were also recruited to conduct CVE activities in the district during the period. Garbie announced that the troupes' efforts will be complemented by 14 additional field staff, including elections magisterial and coordination personnel.
He told voters that District #11 comprises of parts of the townships of New Georgia and Garnerville, the entire township of Barnesville, Caldwell and Dixville, respectively.
The district has a total number of 33,811 registered voters, 20 voting precincts and 78 polling places or centers. Notwithstanding, the National Elections Commission has identified 10 locations for the replacement of voter registration cards.
The places include E. Jonathan Goodridge School, Grace Baptist Church School, Gardnerville Town Hall and Barnesville Public School. The rest of the places are the Duja School, Jimmy Jolocon School, Dixville Public School, Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute and the Caldwell Market, respectively.