The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) Director of Data Management and Voters Roll, Jusufu Henry Swarray, and the Assistant Director of Administration, Aiah Quiwa are currently in Liberia to share the experience with their National Elections Commission (NEC) and provide technical support on the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) System.
The NEC’s statement in Liberia earlier revealed that the delegation will be in Liberia for five days.
This came about as a result of the Chairperson for NEC in Liberia, Davidetta Browne Lansanah, who requested assistance from the Chairman of ECSL, under the Economic Commission of Network of Elections Commissions of West Africa (ECONEC) Information Sharing Agreement, in preparation for the roll-out of the 2023 BVR exercise on 20 March.
Jusufu Henry Swaray, Director of Data Management and Voters Roll of ECSL said that the delegation will mainly be engaged with the Data Center and will be sharing templates and other information useful for the smooth implementation of the NEC BVR system in the country.
He added that the delegation is happy to support Liberia’s migration from Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) to BVR, which he noted is a more globally accepted and modern electoral system currently used by most countries in the world.
The Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone has successfully used Biometric Voter Registration in the 2012, 2018, and, 2022 elections and Liberia is poised to make maximum use of it for their upcoming elections.