A comprehensive 5-day training for 19 election magistrates is being conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC) Hearing Section in Buchanan City from February 11-15, 2019, with the assistance of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project “Support to the 2015-2018 Liberian Electoral Cycle.”
The project, according to a release, was funded by the UNDP, European Union, Ireland, Sweden and Canada to the tune of US$16 million. The project is in partnership with the NEC.
The training will strengthen electoral dispute resolution mechanisms, one of the Achilles’ heel of the electoral process, as was experienced during the 2017 general election. The training will also support further capacity building of NEC magistrates in dispute resolution.
The 2017 general elections, which produced an important case that has affected decisions taken by the Supreme Court, will be used as guide for the practical exercises, along with practice of moot court hearings and drafting decisions.
According to the release, a complaint reporting system will also be tested.