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Liberia delays voter registration

The National Elections Commission (NEC) says the start of voter registration across Liberia is adjusted to a later date.

The commission provided the update through a press release on Monday, 5 December 2022 that the previously announced 15 December 2022 date is adjusted.

“The National Elections Commission (NEC) informs the public that the previously announced 15 December 2022 date for the start of voter registration is being adjusted to a later date,” the commission said.

Liberia is preparing for a crucial 2023 presidential and legislative election in which incumbent President George Manneh Weah is seeking a second six years term against several opposition leaders.

The electoral house explained that it is developing a new timeline detailing the voter registration schedule, which will be communicated to the public at the soonest possible time.

“The NEC assures the Liberian people that the 2023 electoral process is on course and the Commission remains committed to conducting free, fair, and credible elections on 10 October 2023,” the release said.

This latest development from the NEC has left some members of the public to raise concerns over the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

This comes after a separate row between the NEC and the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) over securing a firm for the conduct of biometric voter registration had just ended.

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Additionally, it comes after another essential government institution, the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) had its delays in starting the conduct of a controversial housing and population census.

Concerns have been raised in the public that a delay in processes leading to the conduct of the 2023 elections could have an undesirable impact.

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