The National Elections Commission (NEC) has begun hosting a series of workshops aimed at conducting free, fair and transparent presidential and legislative elections a year from now.
Liberians are expected to go to the polls next October to elect a new president, vice president and members of the House of Representatives.
In order to successfully carry out those elections, NEC is now conducting a workshop on the processes leading to ‘Electoral Dispute Resolution’.
The workshops are geared toward acquainting stakeholders with the electoral dispute hearing mechanism and processes common to the elections complaints hearing.
The four-day workshop, which started Monday, October 3, is intended to drill stakeholders on the various phases of the electoral dispute resolution process, the NEC said.
Joey Kennedy, NEC Public Relations Director, said issues being discussed at the workshop include electoral complaints types; how to file a complaint; initial reaction of NEC to complaints; who adjudicates complaints; the complaints hearing process, remedies and appealing.
He said the workshops are held in phases with participants attending at different intervals.
The first phase of the workshop was held on Monday and brought together senior NEC staff, while Tuesday’s session was attended by officials of the 22-registered political parties.
More than 20 lawyers of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) attended the Wednesday, October 5, session, while the 4th and final session of the workshop will be held today, Thursday, with members of civil society in attendance.
The workshops are sponsored by the European Union through UNDP, USAID and IFES.
Meanwhile, massive renovation works have begun at NEC headquarters in Monrovia. Works are being carried out on the James M. Fromayan Conference Hall, where official results of elections are announced.
The replacement of the steel fence using concrete bricks is also taking place at the Commission. The process will also include the replacement of damaged entry and exit gates and the installation of lights to illuminate the compound during night hours.
Concrete slabs are also being constructed to replace corroding grid-irons over drainages at the headquarters.
The Liberian government is funding the renovation project, which is implemented by the General Services Agency (GSA).