17 September 2012

Sierra Leone: NEC Officer Decries Low Turnout for Voter Ids

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Distribution Officer for Ward 381 in Constituency 108, central part of Freetown, has complained about the low turnout of electorates to collect their voter ID cards at centre number 14162. Martin Moiba told Concord Times that the people in the ward refused to turn up for their cards in the second phase of the distribution process due to the error encountered in the first phase despite the proper verification that has been done this time.

Moiba noted that out of 919 people who registered at the centre, only 760 have collected their cards after a team was organized by the community to sensitize nthe people on the need to collect their voter IDs.

"Even when a group was set up to sensitize the people, they still failed to turn up for their cards," he said adding that the low turnout to collect voter ID cards is one of the biggest challenges facing NEC officials.

Moiba said those who fail to collect their cards during the second phase of the distribution exercise will be able to collect them later at the NEC head office and "failing to do so means you have denied yourself your citizenship right".

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