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-For Its Helicopter To Deliver Electoral Materials
The chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya has said the Commission has reached agreement with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for its helicopters to transport electoral materials to areas currently not reachable by roads. Bad road conditions are reported in several parts of the country, making it traveling hardly impossible for citizens.

NEC Chairman Korkoya told correspondents that the Commission was extremely grateful for such agreement. “We are pleased to report that UNMIL has graciously agreed to airlift electoral materials to the following hard to reach areas. These areas are Gbarpolu, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland and Rivegee Counties. The commission is grateful to UNMIL for this kind and timely intervention,” he said.

The NEC’s boss also extended commendation to the Japanese Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for supporting the deployment of election security officers.

Korkoya further indicated that the deliveries of non-sensitive electoral materials are in progress under protection of state security. At the same time, chairman Korkoya has disclosed that training of polling staff is continuing and is on schedule.

He added that the next phases will include training of 11,000 presiding officers and voter identification officers scheduled to start on September 29, 2017.

Korkoya added that during the first week in October, 17,000 polling stations staff will be trained in procedures and all planned trainings are scheduled to be completed by October 6, 2017.

“Let me emphasized that the electoral timetable is on track. The deadlines are tight, but the National Elections Commission is prepared. Voters are encouraged to use the sms text device to check their polling place details to 1847. Final arrangements are also being made to establish a media Centre in advance of the elections day and results process,” he said.

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