The National Elections Commission (NEC) is calling on the Liberian media, political parties, religious groups and community organizations to join the Commission in spreading awareness about the voter registration process.
NEC Co-Chairman Jonathan K. Weedor made the call Tuesday at the Edward Wilmot Blyden Forum organized by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) under the theme: “Registration, Opportunities, Challenges and Impact.”
Weedor observed that since 1944, when the late President Edwin J. Barclay handed over power to William V.S. Tubman, this is first time an incumbent Liberian President is expected to hand over power to another president.
He said the hands of all Liberians are needed on deck to ensure the success of these elections, adding, “As Liberians we must endeavor to campaign orderly, thus ensuring violence-free elections.”
He called on eligible Liberians to register where they reside, indicating, “It is in the best interest of our electoral process and by extension the country to discourage the trucking of voters.”
Commissioner Weedor noted that this is because the practice has contributed to unreal population statistics that has confronted the Commission during bye-elections.
‘I wish to indicate that the voter registration exercise will be conducted using the Optical Mark Registration system (OMP),” he pointed out
He said the OMP system is the system that the NEC has used in the conduct of voter registration since 2004 and has proven successful.
Weedor said the NEC hopes that in the future and with the availability of the required infrastructure, resources and time, the Voter Registration System, will be upgraded to Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) as in the case of several electoral jurisdictions like Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, among others.
He noted that such a transformation will “grant additional credibility to our election system and reduce the long-term cost of voter registration.”