LIBERIA: No Electronic Voting
The Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, Madam Davidetta Brown Lansana, has informed the public that there will be “No Electronic Voting on Elections Day” due to outstanding balance.
Addressing a regular press briefing on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at the Commission Headquarters in Monrovia, Madam Lansana said citizens will be asked to present their voting cards for verification to ensure that the names are on the FRR after which said persons will be qualified to vote.
She said the voters’ identification cards will not be punched because a lot of funds were spent on them, noting that they are durable cards and could last for five to ten years.
“These are durable cards, which are supposed to last between 5 to 10 years. These cards were paid for and they are not just the cards. The entire biometric process, which cost the country close to 12 million United States Dollars,” she pointed out.
“Perhaps, we all need to know that CVE should not just rest with the Commission alone, it should also be integrated in the curriculum of our national education system, in that way, it gets strengthen,” the NEC Boss stated
“CVE and all other activities depend on budget even if we were to get support from partners, the Government of Liberia(GoL) through the National Elections Commission approved budget and provided money for CVE,” the NEC Boss further stated.
At the same time, Chairperson Lansana disclosed that it has begun the deployment of elections materials in preparation of the 2023 October Elections throughout the 15 counties and assured Liberians that all is on course.
She mentioned that the deployment of these elections materials to the 15 counties to enhance the Commission haul mark of transparency during the results tallying process.
She indicated that the NEC has purchased 61 Laptops, 59 Projectors and 59 Projectors’ Stamps for tallying of the results of the 2023 Elections and have been deployed across the 15 counties.
The NEC Boss named the counties as Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, River Cess, Grand Gedeh, Lower and Upper Lofa, Lower and Upper Nimba, Gbapolu, Grand Cape Mount, Lower and Upper Bong.
The remaining counties for deployment include Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Margibi, and Bomi, among others.
Madam Lansana said training of contemporary staff is ongoing and had completed 79 electoral districts coordinators, 382 electoral supervisors, 5890 presiding officers and 5890 voter identification officers.
The NEC Boss urged political parties to reach the political affairs office to complete their party agent accreditations process.
However, she assured the public that NEC remains committed in conducting a peaceful, fair and credible elections.
“As you are aware, elections security is the responsibility of the government of Liberia, as such continue to work jointly with the security in finalizing the security arrangements for the 10 October elections,” she added.