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NEC gears up for 2017

The National Elections Commission or NEC says it has dispatched about 68 technical staffs to conduct training for the civic and voters’ education workers just 11 months to the holding of the impending 2017 general elections.

Speaking to this paper over the weekend, at his 9th Street office in Monrovia, NEC’s Executive Director, Lamin Lighe said the 68 technical staffers will train additional civic and voters’ workers for the smooth conduct of the presidential and representatives elections. Lighe said with less than 11 months to elections day, it is important that the government through the commission speed up the electoral process.

He said already, the Liberian government has provided US$1.2 million to jump start preparationstowards the election which is a defining moment for Liberia’s 12 years of democracy.

He said the funds from the government have been provided through stages and that the president’s commitment to the commission is active and working. Lighe pointed despite the financial challenges being experienced by the Government in recent times, it has been committed to the process of providing funds to the electoral process.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the government provided 23 brand new Toyota pickups to be used by NEC’s county magistrates. According to Commissioner Davidetta Lassana, the donation is intended to empower the magistrates to enable them dutifully perform ahead of the elections.

She urged the magistrates to take good care of the vehicles on grounds that it cost the government a lot. Mr. Lighe said that the valued of the cars are placed at US$700,000. He said the purchase was done in accordance with the Public Procurement Concession and Commission regulations.

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