ECOWAS Conducts Voter Awareness

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In spite of the uncertainty that now looms over the conduct of the run-off election due to a complaint the Liberty Party filed against authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) National Office at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia, has ended a one day Civic and Voters Education (CVE) awareness in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The training, which brought together students, commercial motorists and civil society actors  was intended to provide more awareness for citizens, poll watchers, queue controllers that will be presiding at the polling centers.

The training was held in partnership with the National Elections Commission (NEC), Mano River Union, Peace Building Office and the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals. It was held under the theme, “Promoting Non-Violence in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in Liberia.”

A statement issued yesterday by the ECOWAS National Office, said the exercise was intended to also buttress the efforts of the NEC and to effectively execute the CVE operations and to provide voters adequate information needed for an effective and a smooth run-off election.

“Out of this joint exercise, it is expected that voters will gain deeper appreciation of their rights and responsibilities as citizens to participate in the political process, the importance of the electoral process, the concept of free and fair elections and the importance of participation and voting,” the ECOWAS’ statement said.

The first phase of this initiative kicked off in Ganta, Nimba County on October 1, while similar events were subsequently held in Gbarnga, Bong County and Kakata, Margibi County during which young people met with national stakeholders at the interactive gatherings and had exchanges on issues that could potentially cause violence during the elections.

The implementer has emphasized that the overriding objective of the program was to create awareness on ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance relating to prevention, management and conflict resolution.

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