14 September 2017

Liberia: Duplication of Names Detected

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission has disclosed that the commission has detected 4, 567 incidents of duplication on the 2017 voter roll.

Cllr. Jerome Korkoya said quality control measures have been put in place to check the printing of those registered and explained that a comprehensive manual registration form verification of the voter data was carried out as part of a quality check and verification process.

Cllr. Korkoya told a regular news conference Wednesday that all the original forms have been checked against entries in the database for the entire country.

According to him, all 2.1 million forms were checked and clarified that the final register contains 2, 183, 629 voters.

He further noted that a comprehensive set of integrity checks were made and de-duplication processes conducted in advance of its release.

"In total, there were 4, 567 (0.21 percent) incidents of duplication identified and corrected following appropriate examination," Korkoya said.

He indicated that of these cases, the large majority are where a voter has registered twice.

"There are special cases-for instance, there are 206 incidents where a voter registered more than twice and 30 individuals were identified as registering more than four times," he added.

Cllr. Korkoya said these details will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation and if necessary appropriate actions will be taken.

Korkoya explains that during the period of replacement of lost and destroyed voter cards, inclusions of 4, 621 entries were made, thus resulting in a final number of 2, 183, 629 voters on the final register.

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