MONROVIA: The National Elections Commission(NEC) has launched the Final Registry Roll (FRR) for the conduct of the midterm senatorial elections on December 8, 2020, with seven thousand one hundred seventy- eight (7,178) duplicated names discovered. Addressing a press conference over the weekend in Monrovia, NEC chairperson,Madam Davidetta Brown Lassanahsaid, the FRR exhibition process will last for four days, to allow all register voters to check all vital information relative to the process.
…As NEC Uncovers More Than 7,000 Duplicated Names
She said the existing data review process was vital for the development of the provisional Registration Roll for the conduct of the 22020 voter roll exercise, which she noted, started as far back in April. This, according to the NEC Chair, will also allow stakeholders in the electoral process along with international partners to participate in the vetting of the FRR process as a way of regaining citizens’ confidence in the electoral process. “This process took into consideration all of the challenges that came from the field during past elections conducted during 2017 to2019 with the intent to resolve all these challenges before starting the 2020 voter roll update,” she said.
She stated that stage one involves the use of the NEC de-duplication system and facial recognition to track down repeated names and matching of photos. Further commenting, the NEC boss asserted that over two million persons void of duplicated names are expected to form part of the pending December 8, 2020 Senatorial Special Elections.
Madam Brown Lassanah then extolled Liberia’s international partners particular the UNDP and ECOWAS for the technical assistance provided the electoral body in making sure that the FRR listing was cleaned up.
The cleaning of the Voter Registration Roll comes on the back of complaints from the main oppositionpolitical parties including the Collaborating Political Parties(CPP)and others praying the Supreme Court that the 2017 FRR was defective, and as such, it should not form the basis for the December 8, 2020 elections. The CPP, in her complaint, among other things, prayed that the Supreme Court to compel the NEC to clean-up the Voter Roll which CPP said is critical to the peace and stability of Liberia. “Cleaning the Voters Roll will clothe the process with credibility, accountability and fairness and is in furtherance of Chapter 1, Article 1 of the 1986 Constitution,” the CPP stated in the petition.”
But, according to the CPP, “Instead of cleaning up the Voter Roll as per the mandate of the Supreme Court, the NEC unilaterally elected to carry out a mobile Voter Roll update with focus on Liberians of voting age, those who have relocated their previous voting places to others; those who have lost their voting ID cards and those who did not register during the 2017 registration and to delete the names of those who have passed.”
In view of the call to the National Elections Commission, a team comprising technicians from UNDP and ECOWAS arrived in Liberia recently to provide technical assistance to the National Elections Commission (NEC).
With the support of UNDP and ECOWAS, according to NEC, the FRR has been concluded and ready for the holding of the pending December 8 Senatorial Elections.