NEC Rallies Support For Adaptation of Biometric Voter Registration

MONROVIA-The Chairperson of the National Elections Commission of Liberia, (NEC) Madam Davidetta Browne-Lansanah at the head of a 3-member NEC-Liberia delegation returned to Liberia Saturday, 31 July 2021, after a 4-day study tour of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, INEC.

NEC-Liberia Chairperson Browne-Lansanah and entourage arrived in Abuja, Nigeria the 28th of July 2021 at the start of a 4-day visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

At a welcoming ceremony on 29 July 2021, Madam Lansanah solicited support to NEC-Liberia’s adaptation of Biometric technology for Voter Registration.

She was hopeful that at the end of the study tour lessons learned would inform how the Commission would proceed with the transition from the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) Voter Registration System to Biometric System to Voter Registration System.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu observed that nations are increasingly moving away from the manual processes by deploying more technology to further guarantee the electoral credibility.

Professor Yakubu assured the Liberian EMB delegation of continuous strengthening of the long standing partnership with Liberia in the spirit of peer support.

The study tour of the NEC-Liberia delegation ended on 30 July 2021 with a visit to key facilities of INEC-Nigeria.

The three-member Liberian EMB delegation were, Madam Browne Lansanah, Commissioner Floyd Oxly Sayor and Information Technology Specialist, James Dogbey.

In a related development, the Senior Gender Officer at the National Elections Commission, Manakapay Donzo, left Liberia Sunday for Lome, Togo to attend a five-day Building Resources in Democracy, Good Governance and Elections, (BRIDGE) Model, inclusive electoral process training, focusing on Gender for electoral Administrators.

Mr. Manakapay Donzo is in Lome, Togo at the invitation of the ECOWAS Commission Electoral Division, with sponsorship from, Deuche-Gesellsthaft-fur, International Peace and Security, and Architecture Operation EPSAO Project under, the German Technical Corporation, GTZ.


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