NEC Targets 2.5 Million Voters

first_imgOf Liberia’s 4.5 million citizens, the National Elections Commission says it expects to register 2.5 million as eligible voters.“This figure is based on the Liberia Statistics and Geo-information Services’ (LISGIS) population projections; and to achieve this target, the Commission has trained and deployed 438 civic educators and 219 gender-mobilizers across the country,” NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah said. Serving as the ‘launcher’ of the civic education and voter registration, Cllr. Korkoyah said NEC will disseminate civic education messages based on a standardized toolkit developed by the Commission. He said as the Commission prepares to undertake this monumental task, it is appreciative of Government’s support and the partnership of the international community through UNDP, the European Union, USAID, friendly governments as well as every organization closely engaged in enhancing the tenets of democracy globally.“Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity but it is a holistic political, administrative, and practical process,” Cllr. Korkoyah said. “This is why the role of voter registration is especially important when it comes to emerging democracies.”He said the quality of the process and the product, which is the voter’s roll, can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in a country. Cllr. Korkoyah also stated that trust in democracy is promoted when the voter registration process is open and transparent and allows for the participation of all electoral stakeholders, mainly political parties, CSOs, the media, security forces, the international community and all potential voters.“Moreover, when the outcome of an election is readily accepted by both the winners and the losers, then the implication is that the major instrument upon which the election was conducted is fair, reliable, and credible. And that instrument is obviously the voter registration,” Cllr. Korkoyah said.“As we launch the voter education awareness for the 2017 voter registration exercise, let every citizen charge him or herself with the difficult responsibility to encourage others to participate in order to hit the bar of 2.5 million registrants.” Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia, Madam Lou A.D. Clark of Liberty Party said as the voter registration process is key to any election, everyone should take it as a personal responsibility to not only learn and conceal but share with others the importance of becoming part of the process.Madam Clark meanwhile called on NEC to closely work with all political parties in order to ensure that women’s participation – not only as voters, but as aspirants – reaches the 30 percent benchmark they are seeking in the country.“Our call is for us to realize the fulfillment of what our Constitution says: equal opportunity for all,” she said.For his part, Rep. Gabriel Buchanan Smith said the National Legislature and the House of Representatives’ Committee on Elections will continue to work with NEC in all its activities leading to 2017 representative and presidential elections.Rep. Smith meanwhile said the ‘Threshold Bill’ calling for the increment of electoral seats for women by constituency demarcation cannot be passed into law now on grounds that the national census, having been conducted in 2008, will only be done again in 2018, at which time elections would have long been be over.‘’We all have followed the recent elections in Ghana, The Gambia as well as the United States in which incumbency was not the matter but the will of the people in each of those countries,’’ Smith pointed out.The ceremonies during the launch included a parade along the main street from Sinkor to the Monrovia City Hall, featuring cultural and drama performances, songs and speeches in the NEC’s James Fromoyan Conference Hall by representatives of Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Coalition of Political Parties Women, Faith Based Organizations, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mbappe in, Dembele out for France

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe has drafted into the France squad after scoring 26 goals in 44 matches for Monaco © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 24 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar. Deschamps said the two players were different cases.“Ousmane hasn’t trained for a fortnight and he’s waiting to see if the transfer will go ahead or won’t go ahead,” he said.“There is a lot of noise around Kylian about whether or not he is changing club. But even though he hasn’t been involved in Monaco’s last two games… he has been training and he is fit.”There is no place either for defender Benjamin Mendy, who quit Monaco’s title-winning side to join Manchester City but is returning to full fitness after a thigh injury.France play the Dutch at the Stade de France in Paris on August 31 before taking on minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse on September 3.Squad:Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Barcelona/ESP), Christophe Jallet (Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more