THE ELECTIONS COORDINATING COMMITTEE (ECC) IS DEEPLY CONCERNED OVER THE PRONOUNCEMENT MADE BY THE CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION (NEC) ON JUNE 14, 2017 THAT EVERY LIBERIAN WITH A VALID VOTER REGISTRATION CARD WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON ELECTIONS DAY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEIR NAMES APPEAR ON THE FINAL VOTER LIST.
THIS PRONOUNCEMENT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UNDERMINE THE ONGOING VOTER EXHIBITION PROCESS AND DEFEATS THE VERY PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS COMMISSIONED.
As the Exhibition gradually drags to a close, the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) applauds the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the timely provision of information to the public related to problems associated with the Provisional Registration Roll (PRR).
While the ECC commends the NEC for the proactive engagement with the public on this emerging problem, the ECC is of the opinion that there are critical issues with the PRR that remain to be answered by the NEC:
- That the Liberian People need to know how many registered voters names and photos are missing from the 2,080 Registration Centers;
- That the NEC needs to provide an explanation to the Liberian people on how the names and photos of registered voters became missing from the PRR;
- The ECC is calling for a full investigation on whether this emerging problem emanated from:
- The Voter Registration Centers;
- During the scanning of the forms,
- Printing of the PRR
- Or the combination of all of the above.
These critical issues and questions, in the view of the ECC, need to be addressed by the NEC before the Exhibition Period ends as the credibility of the elections depends on the credibility of the final VR list.
Preliminary reports from our observers in the 73 districts show that the number of missing names and photos across some of the centers observed is alarming. The ECC disagrees with the proposed solution that every person with a valid registration card will be allowed to vote.
According to our observers, people complained in the districts because they do not have resources to travel to the magistrate offices to correct the problem. The ECC calls on the NEC to release the full list of registered voters.
The ECC will release a final report of its observation of the Exhibition process in the coming week.
The ECC is the civil society platform that observes elections in Liberia and works in partnership with the National Democratic Institute with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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The ECC is a civil society platform that observes elections in Liberia. The work of the ECC is done in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with support from the United States Agencies for International Development (USAID).