7 September 2017

Liberia: NEC Set to Publish Final Voters Roll

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission Cllr. Jerome Korkoya has informed press men that the final voter roll for the October 10 general elections will be published on the 10 of this month in all the 19 Magisterial district around the country.

Making the announcement at the weekly NEC press conference yesterday at the Headquarters, Chairman Korkoya said that the Commission is under constitutional mandate to work professionally in order to avoid mistakes that might hinder the process, and not to succumb to public criticism to hastily publish what is not done properly.

"This is a process which has to be in accordance with Chapter 3 of the constitution of the country and not any formulated laws made by the elections commission. NEC is not obliged by any law to publish the voters roll through a mass media", he said.

Cllr. Korkoya said that in order to protect the data of voters, the voters rolls will not be published on the media but in all magisterial districts as it is sensitive to display someone's personal information that can be accessible by all.

Cllr Korkoya said that in order to make the process transparent, each political party will be opportune to have a copy of the voters roll.

Cllr Korkoya cautioned recent public opinion polls conductors to massively enlighten the public as to the significance of such polls, and also to clearly outline to readers their details in order not to mislead the public.

Cllr. Korkoya called on the press to adhere to every elections law during voting as only NEC is mandated to announce provincial results.

In another development, Cllr. Korkoya said that only nine political parties have fulfilled the demand of the Commission by filing their asset and liabilities and those that are yet to meet the criteria will sooner or later face the wrath of the law.

Those that have fulfilled NEC's demand are: Grassroots Democratic Party of Liberia, Movement for Economic Empowerment, All Liberian Coalition Party, All Liberia Party, Coalition for Democratic Change, People's Unification Party, Unity Party, Liberia Transformation Party and Alternative National Congress.

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