Two leading domestic election observation groups in Liberia have expressed grave concern over the slow pace of progress by the National Elections Commission (NEC) on key processes leading toward the holding of presidential and legislative elections in 2023 and this is an early warning indicator for conflict. The Liberia Elections Observation Network (LEON) and the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) are deeply concerned about uncertainties and access to public information surrounding tendering for Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits which could affect the timely conduct of the elections. The groups note that the credibility of voter registration is a prerequisite for the conduct of a credible election and as such due care must be taken in the conduct of this exercise.
The credibility of elections is key to sustaining the peace and security of the state and this process requires time, openness, inclusion, and timely allocation of resources from the national government to undertake major activities leading up to election day. The groups further assert that the delay in the conduct of the National Housing and Population Census and Voter registration run the following risks: Qualified voters may not be captured to vote in 2023; failure of NEC to reapportion constituencies based on the new population figures in adherence to Article 80 (d) and (e) of the Liberian Constitution.
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