MONROVIA-In an effort to reduce the issue of speculations surrounding the 2023 Legislative and Presidential Elections, the National Elections Commission has launched a Bi-Monthly stakeholder and Press Briefing.
The exercise which is aimed at keeping stakeholders of the Liberian political arena and the media updated on steps along the way to Elections Day (October 10, 2023) is expected to focus on the Biometric Voter Registration process in Liberia.
It was officially launched by the Chairperson of the Elections House, Madam Davidetta Browne-Lassanah, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at the Headquarters of the NEC in the James M. Fromoyan Conference Hall in Sinkor.
Madam Browne-Lassanah delivering a brief statement before the official launch of the process said the purpose of the briefing is to update the public and all stakeholders on the preparation for the Biometric Voter’s registration (BVR) exercise.
She informed the public, political parties representatives, civil society organizations, the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) and the media that Laxton Group, the vendor, is procuring the BVR equipment and software for the NEC and will support the NEC in the implementation of the BVR process.
According to the NEC’s Chairperson, the company (Laxton) has been working closely with the NEC, UNDP Technical Team to ensure that the Voter Registration software is fully built to function for the NEC’s BVR exercise.
Madam Browne-Lassanah further informed the gathering that Out-station testing of the BVR equipment and software was done on January 25, 2023 at the Firestone Liberia Rubber Plantation (Division 16) to ensure that capturing fingerprints for manual laborers will not be a difficulty during the full implementation.
On the issue of funding for the BVR Exercise, the NEC’s Chairperson disclosed that of the US$18.37 million allotted by the government of Liberia for the BVR exercise, US$14.22 have been provided by the government of Liberia with a balance of US$4.15 million due the NEC as per the 2022 fiscal budget.
Meanwhile, the NEC is reminding all political actors, including political parties, alliances, and independent aspirations that the campaign period for the 2023 Legislative and Presidential Elections begins on the fifth (5th) of August and ends on October 8, 2023.
In conclusion, the NEC used the opportunity and urged all political actors and stakeholders to continue to promote non-violent engagements during these electoral activities.
“The commission thanks the Government of Liberia, our international and development partners, and the Liberian people for their support to the Commission,” the NEC boss said at the end of the launch of the briefing.