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MONROVIA — Despite some early operational hiccups that have mostly been resolved, Liberia’s ongoing voter registration process is progressing smoothly, according to a Carter Center statement released today.
A Carter Center delegation observed the voter registration process from Feb. 20 - March 1, visiting 40 voter registration centers in 21 electoral districts across eight of Liberia’s 15 counties: Bomi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado, and Nimba.
The delegation, led by Jordan Ryan, vice president of the Carter Center’s peace programs, met with electoral authorities at the national, county, and district level, as well as with journalists, government leaders, representatives of the Liberian National Police, and members of political parties, civil society organizations, marginalized groups, and the international community.
Because there are still several days to go before voter registration ends, it isn’t yet possible to accurately assess registration turnout.
“I call on all eligible Liberians to take part in the voter registration period and exercise their fundamental democratic rights,” said Ryan, “and to sustain the peace throughout Liberia.”
The delegation commended the National Election Commission for quickly fixing early operational problems — many related to camera malfunctions — and for its commitment to a peaceful and successful process.
In the spirit of support and cooperation, it also offered the following recommendations:
"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope."
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