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Election Group Extols NEC, LNP… Frowns On Low Participation of Voters In Nimba, G/Gedeh By-Elections

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa-International Elections Observation Mission (EISA-IEOM), has released its elections findings and report on the just-ended by-elections in Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties.

EISA-IEOM, in its election report released Monday, April 29, 2024, expressed thanks and appreciation to the National Election Commission (NEC) and the Liberian National Police for their collaboration and consolidation and preparation for the conduct of the by-elections.

EISA-IEOM, at the same time, decried the low turnout of voters during the by-elections held in the two counties.

Despite the noticeable low turnout on by-election day, EISA acknowledges constructive efforts made collectively by the relevant national electoral stakeholders in preparation for the by-elections.

EISA also hailed the commitment to democratic consolidation marked by adequate preparations by NEC and LNP, respect and tolerance among competing political parties, and continuous monitoring and support from domestic and international observer groups, alongside the diplomatic community.’’

Accordingly, the report said, the 2024 senatorial and representative by-elections were a reaffirmation of the strength of democratic institutions in Liberia and a test of the commitment of Liberians to competitive, peaceful, and transparent electoral events.

Furthermore, EISA applauds all registered voters in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Electoral District #1 who exercised their democratic right to vote in a peaceful and disciplined manner.

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), is a continental not-for-profit organization, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire with field offices in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Liberia, Chad, and Sudan.

EISA has continental and sub-regional programs in the field of elections and democracy throughout Africa.

EISA strives for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, domestic participation, and the strengthening of political institutions for sustainable democracy in Africa.

The USAID-funded EISA International Election Observation Mission (EISA-IEOM) Activity enhanced the integrity of the 2023 Liberia Presidential and Legislative elections, through the deployment of an independent international election

Observer mission (EOM) to monitor, assess and report on all phases of the electoral process by international and regional benchmarks.

The IEOM implemented in close coordination with the financial support of USAID/Liberia and also complements the efforts of other electoral stakeholders.

It made several recommendations based on its observations and consultations with electoral stakeholders, EISA offers the following recommendations to improve future elections in Liberia.

‘’NEC, Sustain the use of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) as CVE cells, ensure prompt payment for their services, and build their capacity not only for voter education but also for civic education and engagements. Ensure proper monitoring of the activities of the CVE cells for improved services and stronger impacts.’’

EISA-IEOM also urged NEC to provide customized training to female candidates that encompasses media preparation and guidance on addressing public perceptions and image management.

Political Parties and Candidates Communicate with and present timely campaign schedules to NEC and LNP to enable LNP officers to prepare for the campaign period.

Recruit and continue to provide financial assistance to women aspirants who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of participating in elections. Clarify to their party agents or representatives what they can and cannot do during poll watching and enlighten them on utilizing the complaint forms efficiently to reduce the chances of confrontation.

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