LIBERIA: U.S. Embassy Sets Record Straight On NEC’s Biometric VR System

US Ambassador to Liberia, Michael A. McCarthy

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has seen the reporting on the NEC’s Biometric VR System and would like to correct the record. At no point in time did the Embassy send the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia an official Diplomatic Note, or any other communication, with the request to acquire a sample or specimen of the 2023 national voter registration card. We understand that no decision has yet been made on awarding a contract for the biometric system, but that the process is ongoing and, according to the press, the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) is examining potential contracts.

We urge the PPCC to fulfill its mandate of ensuring integrity and transparency in the procurement process so that the Liberian public gets full value for money in the use of public funds.

The United States and Liberia share democratic values, including the commitment to free, fair, and transparent elections. Our Mission works closely with partners in the government and in civil society focusing on next year’s important national elections and we emphasize the necessity of non-violence and transparency in democratic societies.

We remind our international and local partners of the importance of data security, especially regarding sensitive Liberian voter data.

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