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House invites NEC

By Bridgett Milton

The House of Representatives has invited the National Elections Commission (NEC) to explain the basis on which the pending voter registration will be conducted for the 2023 elections.

NEC chairperson Madam Davidetta Browne-Lansanh and the NEC Board of Commissioners have been ordered to appear before the House Plenary on Thursday, 2 March 2023.

The Plenary’s decision came from a communication it received from Nimba County Electoral District #8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi.

According to Rep. Younquoi, Article 80 (d) & (e) of the 1986 Constitution states how results of the National Population Census can be used to establish a representation threshold following the conduct of a census.

He said his concern stems from the fact that the Legislature has not set an electoral threshold as enshrined in the Constitution.

Yet, he said, the NEC is poised to commence a nationwide voter registration exercise during the latter part of March 2023.

The Nimba County lawmaker added that in the wake of these unanswered questions, he is asking the House to kindly invite the NEC Chairperson and the entire Board to address the plenary on the

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subject matter.

It can be recalled that the National Elections Commission wrote the House of Representatives informing it about the start of Voter Registration which is slated for 20 March 2023 and will end on 11 May.

According to NEC, voter registration will be done in two phases. It said phase one is for residents of Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties.

They will register from 20 March to 9 April 2023.

The NEC added that phase two is for residents in Bong, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Maryland, Nimba, River Cess, River Gee, and Sinoe Counties. It noted that they will register from 21 April to 11 May 2023.

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