The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will Friday begin a string of regional consultations on the impending Voter Roll Update (VRU) exercise at two locations across Liberia. The consultations will be held in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County respectively.
The consultation in Robertsport will gather chiefs, elders, district commissioners, county superintendents as well as youth and women’s groupings from Montserrado, Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties.
In Zwedru, attendance of similar scope will be drawn from Sinoe, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Grand Gedeh Counties. More than 200 persons are expected to attend the consultations.
At the gatherings, presentations will be made on the Legal Basis for the Voter Roll Update, Voter Roll Update Steps, Civic Voter Education and Communication Strategies for the exercise, among others. The second and final phase of the regional consultations will be held in Gbarnga, Bong County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa Counties.
In Gbarnga, the consultations will bring together stakeholders from Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, while in Buchanan; participants will be drawn from Margibi, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties.
The consultations are part of efforts by the NEC to elicit the participation of stakeholders in the Voter Roll Update exercise, which is the first of its kind to be conducted in Liberia.
The consultations are being held under the theme: “Enhancing Increased and Equitable Participation in the Voter Roll Update Exercise.” Funding for the Consultations is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).