Liberia: US-based International Justice Group Seeks Opportunity to Participate in Voter Registration Process
MONROVIA – Backed by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, the International Justice group based in the United States of America, has written the Chairperson and members of the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) requesting information on how they too can participate in the ongoing voter registration process by registering to vote.
By: Henry Karmo [email protected]
In a communication dated March 21, 2023, the group served the NEC a ‘notice’ of their intentions TO participate as a voter in these very consequential General and Presidential Elections, slated for October this 2023.
The communication reads: “I need not to emphasize that the right to vote as a citizen in the DIASPORA is guaranteed by the absentee voting clause(s) of The Constitution of Liberia (1986) and that this notice extends to and includes every other member of the DIASPORA NATION OF LIBERIANS in the Diaspora with an intention to participate in these elections.”
In the communication signed by Cllr. Jerome Verdier, Executive Director, International Justice Group, it further states that, While the NEC struggles with the laudable concept of incorporating biometric technologies into these electoral processes, they hasten to say, the fundamentals for Biometric Data Capturing has not been properly and successfully laid, the NEC success rate, efficiency levels and product delivery will definitely be undermined, thus further complicating an already delayed process; thus raising the specter of a postponement and spinning off a Constitutional Crisis, the NEC are uniquely situated to appreciate and envisage.
“To this end, we will appreciate were the NEC to kindly inform us of policies, programs and procedures as to how we can exercise our Constitutional right to vote in a timely and most convenient fashion.”