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GC collaborates with the National Identification Registry for Synchronized Biometric system.

The Governance Commission on Thursday January 14, 2021 had a collaborative meeting with the National Identification Registry aimed at constructing a synchronized Liberia’s Biometric System to enhance easy access and save cost on electoral expenditure.

The National Biometric System will incorporates the different numbering system applied to citizens and residents in social security and other areas of importance in identifying citizens and residence in the country. 

Speaking on behalf of the Governance Commission, Officer -in -Charge (OIC) Hon. Elizabeth Dorkin expressed the need for the government to accelerate the anticipation of a synchronized Biometric ID card system which will incorporate the different numbering system in to one National Identification Registry to be used for multipurpose activities including electioneering (Voting).

Commissioner Dorkin indicated that the role of the Commission is to research and brainstorm on the idea, provide policy options and bring actors around the table to discuss and agree on the policy direction.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of the National Identification Registry Hon. Teah Nagbe described the meeting as a necessity and forward-looking. He said, Liberia is currently lacking behind the rest of the world when it comes to the issue of biometry, he then call on every Liberian to desire to move Liberia forward.

Hon. Nagbe emphasized that this can be done by means of bringing major stakeholders together to brainstorm on the way forward. He said, biometric system will help to cut down cost in Liberia’s elections process and brings the entire country in to one database.

He call for establishment of a roadmap to developed and define the role each institution has to play as the discussion goes on. He asserted that the biometric system is so important and has the opportunity to involve farming activities, including education and even linking sim cards to individual biometric record. He then stressed the need for Political Parties, development partners, PUL, Civil Society groups and other stakeholders to be involved which will give way to the acceleration and inclusiveness of the formulation of a roadmap.

In conclusion, the collaborating parties agreed that a technical team be constituted that consist of NIR and GC to draft plans within thirty day that will bring key stakeholders together to discuss and formulate strategies in synchronizing Liberia’s Biometric System.

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