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Liberians Show Hunger For Fresh Elections As Registered Voters Outnumbered Previous Years

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By Festus Poquie

More people are taking voter cards to decide the fate of incumbent President George Weah and 103 members of the legislature at the ballot box on October 10 this year.

Regions once sparsely populated are recording significant increase in vote figure.

There is 14.5% increment in the number registered voters, demonstrating how more eager people are to decide the political leadership of the country when voting day comes on October 10 this year.

Preliminary results from Phase One show a total of 1,435,209 (One Million Four Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Two Hundred and Nine) people registered in Montserrado, Bomi Gbarpolu Grand Cape Mount Margibi and Grand Bassa counties, the National Elections Commission said Monday in the capital Monrovia.

“Seven Hundred Eleven Thousand Four Hundred and Ten (711,410) are females while 723,799 (Seven Hundred Twenty-Three Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-Nine) are males.

“This figure is subject to change due to the ongoing deduplication and adjudication process.

Instances of multiple registration will be removed during the duplication and other data cleaning processes in the presence of observers, stakeholders and political party technicians, the election body said.

Montserrado county maintained its ranking as the populous county as eligible voters increased to 897,201 or 14.6% from 777,500 in 2017. Grand Cape Mount County registered the biggest growth this year from 65,800 six years back in 2017 to  86,589, representing 31.5 percentage change.

Margibi sits second with 19.5% from 154,328 in 2017 to 184,425. Grand Bassa recorded 8.1 % growth while Bomi and Gbarpolu counties recorded marginal increase of 5.2% and 4.5 % respectively.

Political parties and presidential hopefuls now have an appreciable understanding of where to get the votes after the National Elections Commission published voter registration results from six counties.

President George Weah’s ruling Coalition for Democratic Change won all six counties in 2017 and lost Senate seats in all during the 2020 midterm Senate elections.

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