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The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will Tuesday (Dec 16) resume its nationwide senatorial debate which was suspended, pending the outcome of the petition for the prohibition filed by eminent citizens and political parties against the holding of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
With very limited time available, the PUL will conduct at least two live debates a day, beginning with Grand Bassa and Gbarpolu counties on December 16; Bomi, Rivercess and Lofa Counties will follow on December 17; Bong, Grand Cape Mount on December 18, with Montserrado and Grand Gedeh slated for the last day of campaign, December 19. Radio debates will be held in other counties.
The PUL, with support from the US-funded IREX, and in partnership with the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) had successfully hosted debates in Margibi and Nimba counties before the exercise was suspended.
The Press Union sees the debate as an opportunity for candidates and electorate to interact under cordial conditions, whereby their aspirations and concerns will be shared.
Generic questions including the positioning of young people, women and children as well as water sanitation and Hygiene in the country's development will be put before candidates for response during the debate.
As a means of upholding the principles of the fights against Ebola and avoiding overcrowding, each candidate will be allowed to attend the debate along with 10 supporters, while the public will monitor the events through various radio stations.
The PUL remains committed to providing an impartial platform for citizens to engage people who intend to become senators across the country.