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NEC Releases Provisional Result on Referendum: NEC Press Conference

The National Elections Commission (NEC) wishes to congratulate the eligible voters who exercise their right to vote in the August 23, 2011 National Referendum despite walking long distances in some counties. This is an expression that they are keen on seeing our emerging democracy flourish to the betterment of our nation.

The Referendum became necessary after the National Legislature passed Joint Resolution LEG-002/2010 on August 17, 2010 authorizing the Commission to conduct a National Referendum to amend four provisions in the 1986 Liberian Constitution. The four provisions that were forwarded to Commission to be tested in the referendum are Articles: 52 (c); 72 (b); 83 (a) and 83 (b).
In keeping with Article 91 and in line with the electoral calendar for the conduct of the referendum, the Commission conducted the referendum on Tuesday, August 23, across the length and breadth of Liberia.
Reports from the polls in the counties we are about to report say that polling was conducted without any incidents and that counting commenced around 6 p.m. according to schedule. Counting however, commenced in some areas well after 6 a.m. and counting continued during the morning hours of August 24, 2011.
Preliminary results were then sent to the counties for tallying and we are today here to give you the first preliminary results from 4,457 Polling Places spread across the 1780 Voting Precincts.
 
PROVISIONAL RESULTS
Out of the 4,457 Polling Places across the country, we have received preliminary results as follows:
Ballot Question
“YES” Votes
 “NO” Votes
Invalid Votes
Total Votes
Proposition 1
55,137
50,128
15,331
120,596
Proposition 2
43,825
61,851
14,920
120,596
Proposition 3
57,646
47,612
15,338
120,596
Proposition 4
66,170
38,191
16,235
120,596
 
TRANSPARENCY
The NEC wishes to thank the representatives from political parties, international and national observers and the media for observing this important process in the democratization of Liberia.
Representatives from political parties accredited by the NEC were seen in some of the voting precincts.
In addition to this, accredited domestic and international observers were also present, including the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Electoral Institute of South Africa (EISA), Foreign Mission accredited near Monrovia, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Civil Society Organizations, the African Union Civil Society Group, ECOWAS and other regional and sub-regional organizations. About 371 International observers were accredited by the NEC to observe the process while about 1,578 domestic observers were also accredited.
Apart from local journalists there was an additional team of foreign journalists who also covered the referendum poll.
 
ELECTIONS VIOLENCE
There have been no reports of serious electoral violence during the referendum. However, an isolated case was reported where two persons are undergoing investigation by the Liberia National Police in Barclayville for allegedly inciting elections violence at the Sasstown High School Voting Precincts Number 18017.
 
COMPLAINTS
Any complaints regarding polling and counting irregularities are to be filed with the Magistrates in the 19 NEC magisterial areas spread across the 15 political sub-division of Liberia within 24 hours following the event and submitted no later than 72 hours after the incident with the NEC Legal Office.
 
PROGRESSIVE REPORT
Results from the rest of the Voting Precincts will be received by the NEC and provided to the public subsequently in keeping with the Commission’s communication plan for the Referendum. Once all provisional tally results have been compiled, the declaration of Preliminary Results will be signed and sent for approval by the Board of Commissioners. A Final Announcement of Results is therefore scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
I thank you for your attention.
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