MONROVIA: The National Elections Commission (NEC), has disclosed that following the arrival of ballots on September 25, 2023, the deployment of sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the October 10, 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections began on September 28, 2023.
According to the NEC, the materials being deployed include ballot papers, ballot boxes, tactile ballot guides, indelible ink, and precinct kits containing assorted stationery for Election Day operations.
In a statement issued in Monrovia, and signed by its Deputy Director of Communications, Prince Dunbar, NEC disclosed that because of roads condition, “the deployment of the election materials began with the Southeastern counties via sea transportation means, using commercial vessels” and the process continues with other counties.
NEC also clarified that “There is absolutely no air transportation being used by the Commission to deploy election materials.”
The statement also indicated that the materials are being carried by NEC staff with security escort from the Liberia National Police (LNP).
In a related development, the National Elections Commission (NEC) informs all political parties including Independent Candidates contesting in the 2023 General Elections and electorate about their commitment to ensuring that Liberia is free from all forms of election violence in compliance with the 2023 Farmington River Declaration.
The Commission said it is deeply concerned about reports that some Liberians were involved in electoral violence in Foya City, Lofa County, which allegedly led to the loss of lives and the destruction of properties.
A statement issued on Saturday, September 30, 2023, by the NEC condemns this act which is a clear violation of the Farmington River Declaration (FRD).
According to the NEC, this violent act between aggrieved Liberians in Foya City affected the work of one of its election monitors who was taken to safety by onlookers.
The NEC statement urges all well-meaning Liberians including political parties and their sympathizers to publicly condemn these acts of violence and work to ensure that calm is restored in Foya now and throughout the period of these elections.