GBARNGA, Bong – The Elections Coordinating Committee, a consortium of civil society organizations working on the elections, has completed the training of 24 voter registration observers from three different counties.
The participants, including 21 district supervisors and three county coordinators, were drawn from Bong, Lofa and Nimba.
Eddie D. Jarwolo, an official of the ECC, said that the district supervisors and county coordinators were trained to monitor the ongoing voter registration exercises and send reports to the ECC. [Full disclosure: The author is the county coordinator of the Elections Coordinating Committee for Bong County. He also attended the training.]
Jarwolo said the ECC remains committed to its mission of effectively monitoring and reporting on elections in the country.
The 2017 election is critical to the maintenance of Liberia’s democracy, he said, and it is imperative that all Liberians double their efforts and safeguard the process.
Meanwhile, the participants of the workshop lauded the ECC for affording them the opportunity to serve their country.
They pledged to observe the voter registration process with sincerity and report to the ECC the exact events and issues that will characterize the process, which runs from Feb. 1 to March 7.
The ECC’s voter registration observers training is being conducted across all fifteen counties in Liberia.
The ECC, a coalition of seven civil society organizations, is a non-partisan network of civil society organizations that monitors, documents, and reports on election issues to promote transparency and accountability in Liberia and strengthen the democratic process.
The National Democratic Institute, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, is providing technical and financial support to the ECC.
The training was held Monday at the Development Education Network-Liberia Compound in Gbarnga.
Featured photo by Eddie Jarwolo