NEC releases timeline for VR

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has adjusted timeline for the 2023 Voter Registration with key dates, commencing on 20 March 2023 to 11 May 2023 in two phases.

NEC Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah, made the disclosure Thursday, 22 December in a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia, detailing that Phase One of the exercise will begin on 20 March 2023 and last for three weeks, ending on 9 April 2023.

Madam Browne Lansanah says Phase Two will begin on April 21, 2023 and last for three weeks, ending on May 11, 2023, while deployment to the next phase will occur from April 10 through April 20, 2023.

She says Phase One of the exercise will cover Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu, while Phase Two includes River Cess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties , respectively.

She discloses that followed conclusion of procurement process for Biometric Equipment, Software and Materials for the Voter Registration, with LAXTON Group selected to provide goods and services for the VR exercise, validated by a contract signed by the parties and attested by the Government of Liberia.

Meanwhile, Chairperson Browne Lansanah further reveals that Government has provided Ten Million Dollars (US$10,000,000.00) in US and Liberian Dollars to start the Voter Registration exercise, with a balance of Eight Million Three Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand (US$8,375,000) due the Commission as per the 2022 fiscal year approved budget.

She says the Commission has been in discussion with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on the remaining Eight Million Three Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand (US$8,375,000), urging the Ministry to deliver this amount in fulfillment of its commitment to fund the VR exercise.

The NEC promises to regularly brief the Liberian people on the Voter Registration process and funding needed, as the electoral process continues, leading to elections in 2023, while thanking Liberians and international and development partners for their support.

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