The United Nations
Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Operations Advisor on the
Electoral Process has revealed that about 1.3 million
Liberians have registered to vote in the ensuing 2005
elections. Mr. Bjornsson disclosed the figure when he
spokes on the mission run FM radio Station last night.
Mr. Bjornsson who wouldn’t give a complete breakdown
of the figure relative to the number of people registered
in each of the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia,
said it will take additional two weeks to get the accurate
According to him, figures of registered voters for Montserrado
and Margi counties have been received and are being
processed, while the rest of the other counties are
in the process of sending in their reports.
Commenting on the general atmosphere of the exercise,
the UNMIL Electoral Advisor described the voters’
registration process as “very unique and positive.”
Expressing delight over the turnout, Mr. Bjornsson said
from the initial stage of the exercise it was very difficult
owing to lack of accurate information on the population
for each of the 15 counties.
Meanwhile, the elections commission has extended the
voters’ registration exercise for additional two
weeks to cater to only Liberian refugees who are returning
home to participate in the process.
The exercise, he said would be carried out in collaboration
with the United Nations Refugee agency-UNHCR at a specific
location in each of the counties.
At the end of the additional two weeks exercise, he
said that all registered voters’ names would be
placed on display at the various registration centers
across the country to enable people to scrutinize the