Males Dominate Voter Roll Update In Bong

The Bong County sub-office of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has revealed the continued male dominance in electoral exercises recently conducted in the county.

The NEC report on the Voters Roll Update (VRU) exercise, recorded men accounting for 65,989 or 63 percent of the 104,710 participants, compared to their female counterparts who scored 37 percent or 38,721 of all newly registered voters in the VRU exercise across the country.

According to the report, Bong County recorded 7,116 of VRU, with men accounting for 4,003 or 56 percent, compared to 3,113 females or 44percent of all persons who participated in the VRU exercise.

NEC’s Bong Senior Magistrate, Daniel Newland, told the Liberia News Agency on Tuesday, May 6, that 70 percent or 25,455 of the 36,364 persons who took part in the Voter Roll Exhibition were men, while 30 percent or 10,909 were women.

“As a means of securing a voting spot in the October Special Senatorial Election, over 30,000 of persons registered in 2011 also took advantage by verifying their information during the exercise,” Magistrate Newland told LINA.

He noted that 36,292 of the 36,364 candidates confirmed their information, 58 corrections are to be made, six candidates’ photos were missing or incorrect, seven persons are to be included, while one person is being objected against.

The Bong Magistrate has meanwhile emphasized the need for citizens to take advantage of every electoral process, including the upcoming voter card replacement from July 7-12, 2014.

Recently, the gender section of the National Elections Commission conducted a two-day seminar aimed at provoking an increase in the participation of women in electoral processes.

Though women constitute 51 percent of the country’s population, they are yet to wake-up to this call.