By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared that there will absolutely be no extension of the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in the Phase One county of Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bomi, and Gbarpolu.
Speaking at a news conference over the weekend, Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansannah clarified that the contract end date of 17 April 2023 for temporary BVR staff does not in any way indicate that voter registration in Phase One county will be extended beyond 9 April 2023. She said the contract is a generic one drawn for one month, from 18 March 2023 to 17 April 2023.
The Chairperson said the eight days from 9 April to 17 April will be used for temporary BVR staff to compile reports, retrieve of equipment and materials deployed to the field, and processing of payment for staff.
“Let me reiterate that the BVR in Phase One ends on 9 April 2023 and there will be no extension,” Madam Browne Lansanah emphatically declared.
She urged Liberians 18 years and above to use the remaining 9 days to complete their registration and assured that more voter cards will be deployed at registration centers to ensure that eligible voters registered.
Chairperson Browne Lansannah said there is no need for eligible voters in the Phase One County to panic, as those who show up at the registration centers within the period will be registered.
Meanwhile, NEC has terminated the services of Antoinette Yancy, one of its Temporary Staff, who served as a Registrar at the Namuwa English and Arabic School in District #10, for acts inimical to her status as a BVR staff.
Ms. Yancy was terminated following an investigation that established her involvement in activities that had the propensity to undermine the integrity and credibility of the commission