Liberia’s National Elections Commission or NEC’s Communication Director Mr. Joyee Kennedy says the Commission will hire 25,000 persons to assist the NEC as temporary staff for each of the events in the 2017 elections process including the voter registration exercise.
“So we’re going to get more than 25,000 persons that we’re going to be recruiting at least for each of these events. For voter registration maybe 25,000 or thereabout,” Mr. Kennedy told an UNMIL Radio live program on Thursday morning, 10 November in Monrovia.
He has urged Liberians to turn out from 1 February 2017 to 7 March 2017 to get registered if they want to be eligible to vote in the October 2017 elections. Mr. Kennedy told the live program that similar number of persons will be hired for further events following the voter registration exercise, and recruits will have to meet certain requirements to be qualified.
The NEC spokesman named voter registrar, elections supervisors and others as “temporary staff” that the Commission will be hiring for events surrounding the elections process. “So all of these things … when the voter registration [is] coming, we will be able to disclose them – these pieces of information to tell you how many persons will be recruiting to serve as voter registration staff, elections supervisors and other elections staff that will be required to assist us temporarily because we will hire them [on] temporary basis,” he said.
He announced that it was a “massive recruitment process” and the Commission will give more information to the public as each of the events gets closer. Mr. Kennedy announced that voter cards that were issued in 2005 and 2011 will now be invalid for the coming 2017 presidential and representatives elections.
As such, he said a fresh voter registration will be done for 2017 elections, saying all Liberians were eligible to go through a new voter registration process and have their cards changed. He had earlier told the public during the show that the Commission will not change voter registration cards more than once because it is cost – intensive and it was just unfair that people would be losingtheir cards [repeatedly].
He urged voters to keep their cards at secured places to avoid losingthem. Mr. Kennedy says the cards that will be issued will be differentfrom the 2005 and 2011 voter cards.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah