…Launches CVE Regional Consultation
In an effort to educate the voting populace about the pending presidential and representative elections, the National Elections Commission (NEC) last Friday launched its Civil and Voter Education (CVE) regional consultation in Gbarnga, Bong County promising to hold credible elections during the upcoming presidential and representative elections.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said the holding of the regional CVE is in keeping with the Commission’s responsibility to educate stakeholders about processes and procedures relative to the upcoming elections.
Chairman Korkoya said citizens’ sensitization about the elections is critical to ensuring free, fair and transparent process, something he said the Commission is committed to doing.
He pointed out that when citizens are educated about the importance of voting, they will participate in the process.
The NEC Chairman told the gathering that the CVE is also intended to provide practical information on how to vote, thereby helping to reduce if not eradicate invalid votes during the polls.
Cllr. Korkoya assured that the Commission is committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections, which cannot be done in the absence of providing necessary information to voters.
The NEC boss emphasized that citizens’ active participation in electoral process is essential to ensuring credible and transparent election.
He called on Liberians especially voters to take advantage of NEC CVE so as to contribute to the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.
Earlier, the Chairman for the 2017 Presidential and Representative Election Steering Committee and Commissioner with Oversight for NEC CVE said the Civil and Voter Education is intended to educate the people so as to make informed decisions at the polls.
Commissioner Samuel Z. Joe pointed out that it is the right of citizens to participate in electoral processes, as such, they need to be informed on how to participate and why their participation is important.
He said NEC consultation with stakeholders will make for citizens to develop confidence in the Commission regarding its ability to conduct free, fair and transparent elections.
Commissioner Joe said the Gbarnga’s regional consultation is the first of four that will be held across the country with Tubmanburg, Buchanan and Harper to follow.
In separate remarks, the superintendents for Lofa, Margibi, Nimba and Bong Counties lauded NEC for taking civil and voter education to the people, which they believe would enhance citizens’ participation in the pending elections, thereby ensuring credible elections.
For her part, the Vice President for Operations for the Traditional Council Branch in Bong County, Mary Larteh said the regional consultation is key to ensuring peaceful elections.
Madam Larteh said the council attaches importance to a peaceful process, because it does not want for Liberia to return to the dark days.
Over 100 participates from the four counties including civil society organizations representatives attended the two days regional consultation.