The National Elections Commission (NEC) has disclosed that it is targeting 2.1 million people to register in the forth coming general and presidential Elections.
Making the disclosure Friday at NEC’s headquarters at the formal launch of the voter registration exercise, NEC Chairman, James Fromayan said that the launching ceremony is in line with the recent guidelines released by the Commission for next year’s elections.
Chairman Fromayan asserted that the massive turnout of Liberians for the voter registration exercise comes January 10, 2011 will demonstrate collective desire of Liberians willingness to participate in the electoral process next year.
Chairman Fromayan told reporters that the Commission has already identified voter registration centers in and around the country. He added that all other logistics for the exercise are on the way.
According to him, the Commission will do its best to make sure that people consider being in the ‘hard-to-reach regions’ (southeast) take part in the voter registration process.
At the same time, NEC says it will institute measures to stop people it considers “non-Liberians” from intruding into the electoral process.
Chairman Fromayan said, “we cannot rule it out; We saw it in 2005, but we have to put in measures to avoid reoccurrence.”
Meanwhile, the NEC has cautioned political parties in the country to form merger in the good interest of the Liberian people.
Chairman Fromayan noted that the proliferation of presidential candidates as was in the case of the 2005 elections does not mean anything good for the electorate.
He furthered that while the Commission supports multi-party system in the country, it will not encourage more than six political parties to take in the coming election because, according to him, it is intended to confuse the legible voters.
“At least five or six presidential candidates will be OK for next year elections.” Chairman Fromayan added.