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-Far More Than 2005, 2011
Comparative analysis of previous presidential and legislative elections has shown that 2017 elections recorded the highest numbers of invalid votes compared to 2005 and 2011.

According to data of invalid votes from previous presidential elections conducted by the electoral body (NEC), the 2017 election shows significant incremental figures of invalid votes.
What remains shocking of those invalid votes is that 2005 elections that have lots of traumatic factors after the civil unrests couldn’t account for such huge invalid votes as reported by the NEC under Jerome Korkoya in 2017.
Unlike in 2005, Liberian voters have just returned from exiles and large numbers of those voters were not educated enough when it comes to casting their ballots, yet they managed less invalid votes.
Of the total turnout of 1,012,673 in 2005, the NEC reported 38,883 invalid votes amounting to 3.8% in the first round of elections, and 20,144 or 2.4% in the runoff election between the Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Manneh Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
The country’s invalid votes further increased during the controversial 2011 elections under the then chairman of the NEC, James Fromoyan in which the leading opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Cllr. Winston A. Tubman pulled out of the runoff elections with the governing Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
During that second postwar elections in 2011, the total of 82,074 or 6.4% invalid votes were recorded in the first round and 24, 587 or 3.5% in the runoff elections out of the 1,288,716. This means that was an increase of 43,191 compared to 2005.
Although the two previous elections were managed by different individuals with different technical and managerial skills, but invalid votes of 2017 is very huge as compared to the previous two.
The 2017 elections have so far accounted for 87,071 invalid votes as of October 15, 2017.
What Liberians, Others Say of This?
Many Liberians and foreign experts have reportedly blamed the huge invalid votes encountered in the 2017 elections to the lack of proper public awareness from the end of the National Elections Commission.
They also alleged the issue of favoritism in awarding the Civic Voter Education (CVE) contracts to individuals and civil society organizations (CSOs) based on closed bond among others.
Others have also blamed the huge invalid votes to the lack of decentralization of basic awareness on the elections.
On the other hand, the NEC has shifted blames on the lack of logistics to move into rural counties or communities in spreading the messages of proper voting.

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