Third Leg Regional Consultations On Electoral Law Reform Commence In Bong
The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia is currently hosting a two day Electoral Reform Regional Consultations Workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The Reform process is being supported by the UNDP/Elections Project with funding from donor partners- European Union, Irish Aid, Canada and the Government of Sweden through its Embassy in Monrovia, supports the National Elections Commission rollout of a nationwide consultation to reform provisions of the Elections Law of Liberia.
The two-day event is being held under the theme: “Enhancing citizens’ Participations in the Electoral Reform process of Liberia.”
Over one hundred and sixty participants are representing a cross-section of the Liberian society from Lofa, Nimba and Bong Counties are attending the consultation.
They include government entities, civil society organizations, youth and women groups, local government administrations, traditional leaders, people living with disabilities, faith-based institutions, students, teachers, as well as national and international organizations.
In his opening statement on Sept. 11, 2019, the National Elections Commission Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya admonished the participants to attach seriousness to the process of reforming the elections law of Liberia.
The Liberia National Election boss said it is important for citizens to get fully involved since the law is meant for them.
“I ask for your full participation, today and tomorrow, having consultations. I hope that the consultations will be fruitful for all of us in the Country,” he said
According to Cllr. Korkoya the overall objective of the Electoral Reform is to ultimately improve the administration of elections in Liberia.
Additionally, Cllr. Korkoya said observations and recommendations are being solicited from citizens and major stakeholders across different spheres of the society to affect the reforms is necessary to improve the process.
Making remarks, the Superintendent of Bong County, Esther Walker caution citizens to consider the reform process serious, adding “ask all the questions” having experienced the many election disputes in the Country.
She lauded the Commission for allowing the people of Bong and other Counties to participate in the Electoral reform process in the Country.
The Bong County Superintendent further caution participants to make decisions that will help build the Country.
The workshop is the third leg of the regional consultations on Electoral Reform Law of Liberia.