LIBERIA: NEC Launches Voter Education in Bomi, Nimba

The National Election Commission (NEC) has launched its civic and voter education exercise on the upcoming Voter Roll Update in Bomi and Nimba Counties.    

NEC Co-Chairman Cllr. Sarah Jegede Toe urged individuals concerned to take advantage of the registration exercise to qualify to vote during the 2014 mid-term Special Senatorial Election.

Commissioner Toe made the statement Saturday when she officially launched the Civic and Voter Education exercise ahead of the Voter Roll Update in Region Two in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.

Under the NEC Decentralization process, Region II comprises Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties.

The civic education precedes the actual Voter Roll Update which runs from January 13 to March 5, 2014 across the country.

The update aims to capture Liberians who have turned 18 years and above since the last voter registration in 2011, Liberians who were unable to participate in the 2011 polls and those who have relocated.

She said 2,500 young people were eligible to do the Voter Roll Update., while 219 Civil Society Voter Registration Educators were selected to educate the public on the Voter Registration Exercise throughout the country.

Also speaking at the launch, Superintendent Samuel Brown urged the NEC to cooperate with the Commissioners and Chiefs in the county, noting that the 2014 Senatorial Election is very crucial to Liberians after celebrating 10 years of peace.

In Nimba, NEC Commissioner Samuel Zohnjaty Joe launched the exercise and disclosed that it is targeting about 250,000 voters, predominantly first time voters, to be registered during the Voter Roll Update across Liberia.

He added that about 250 civic and religious organizations have been selected in the 15 counties to commence voter education in their respective localities.

The NEC has received help from 50 volunteer civic and voter educators to conduct awareness in secondary and tertiary institutions during school hours in Liberia.

The Commissioner disclosed that the Voter Roll Update exercise is being sponsored by the International Foundation for Elections System (IFES), USAID through the United Nations Development Program and the National Elections Commission of Liberia.

In remarks, Nimba Superintendent Christiana Dagadu urged all civil educators to focus on the rural areas, emphasizing that citizens residing in remote areas need sustained civic education on the voter roll update exercise

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