Outcome of the BVR De-duplication Administrative Enquiry

After the Biometric Voters Registration De-duplication analysis in Brussels, Belgium, the Commission set up an Administrative Enquiry from 6th – 10th June, 2012 to verify individual cases of multiple registrations. The Committee consisted of Electoral Commissioners & Technical Experts and the process was observed by Political Parties, other stakeholders and the Police.
 
Analysis of the De-duplication Administrative Enquiry
From 3rd June, 2012, the de-duplication service provider transported registration records to Freetown, set up work station and installed the software for the enquiry process. Computer operators were trained and observers were briefed. On 8th June, 2012, computer operators reviewed all 9,890 cases of potential duplicate records and flagged 974 cases as identical with the probability of being real duplicates.
 
The 974 entries (potential real duplicates) were reviewed by the Administrative Enquiry Panel to determine which ones were technical and which ones were fraudulent. Fraudulent duplicate refers to, those registrants who registered on different dates, centers, outfits in a form of disguise, different personal details but with the same face and fingerprints. Technical duplicates are those registrants who registered on the same date, centre, outfits with very close registration serial numbers and with the same personal details.
The Administrative Enquiry came up with the following results which each DISTRICT named followed by the numbers of Possible duplicates then Technical duplicates and the third number notes Fraudulent duplicates
 
DISTRICT
Possible
Technical
Fraudulent
Kailahun
541
499
42
Kenema
984
923
61
Kono 
909
841
68
Bombali 
1,023
938
85
 Kambia  
424
363
61
Koinadugu
923
827
96
Port Loko       
714
649
65
Tonkolili 
895
816
79
Bo 
855
807
48
Bonthe
196
179
17
Moy amba
323
297
26
Pujehun 
249
220
29
Western Rural 
738
713
25
Western Urban
1,116
1,024
92
Total 
9,890
9,096
794
 
The 794 duplicate cases will be addressed during the Exhibition process simultaneously in all the 2,998 voter registration turned exhibition centers nationwide.
 
Missing Biometric Voter Registration Data
The recapturing of missing biometric data from 41 BVR Centers will be done from 30th June – 14th July, 2012. Analysis of centers affected per district is as follows:
 
DISTRICT        
NUMBER OF CENTERS
Kailahun
6
Kenema
15
Kono 
3
Bombali 
3
 Kambia  
0
Koinadugu
7
Port Loko       
1
Tonkolili 
2
Bo 
1
Bonthe
2
Moy amba
1
Pujehun 
0
Western Rural 
0
Western Urban
0
 
Exhibition and Distribution of Voters ID Cards
Recruitment of 8,944 Exhibition Officers and 394 Enquiry Officers has been completed. Modalities have been put in place for training of all categories of staff. The distribution of Voter ID Cards and Exhibition will take place form 30th June – 20th July. Publication of Claims will take place from 9th – 16th July, 2012 and finalization of all claims will take place from 15th July – 9th August, 2012.
 
Revision of Councilors List for Paramount Chief Members of Parliament Elections
The Commission is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for the revision of Chiefdom Councilor’s list for Paramount Chief Members of Parliament Elections slated for 10th November, 2012.
 
Signed:
Christiana A.M. Thorpe (Dr.)
CHIEF ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER/CHAIRPERSON
NATIONAL RETURNING OFFICER
JUNE 14TH 2012 in Freetown
 
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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. After studying mass-media and communication, Sheriff is now the Editor in Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. He is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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