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Sierra Leone News: Registration ends with over 3.1 million Voters

After 42 days of the voter registration process, and 100% of the reports from the 3,300 centers have been collated, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has released the provisional registration figures which show a grand total of 3.1million (3,128,967) as having registered as eligible voters in readiness to vote in the 7th March 2018 General Elections.
The first phase of the registration process ended on the 16th April 2017, but Members of Parliament requested for an extension of two weeks to enable more people go through the process. The additional 14 days period ended on Sunday 30th April.
With 100% of the centres having reported, the North maintains its lead in the entire process with 32% or 998, 750, followed closely by the Western Area with 28% or 890, 152. The South and East with 20% each; 620, 826 and 619, 229 respectively.
Western Urban has the highest number of registered voters with 602,760, while Bonthe District got the lowest with 92,437.
In a release by the Commission, it “stresses that the figures are provisional at this stage” and that it will “continue with the next stages of the Voter Registration process that include, inter-alia, data export and transmission of data captured in all 3,300 centres nationwide; data processing at the NEC National Data Centre, de-duplication and adjudication and later, the printing and exhibition of the Provisional Voters Register (PVR)”.
The Commission continues to encourage all eligible Sierra Leoneans to exercise patience and restraint as it strives to make the voter registration exercise credible, accurate and transparent.
NEC further acknowledges “the positive contributions of all election stakeholders that participated actively in the successful conduct of field data capture process”,
By Betty Milton
Wednesday 03, 2017.

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