Amid ongoing debates to amend portions of the constitution and to formulate a bill to increase women’s representation in the legislature, the Elections Coordinating Committee is urging citizens to remain engaged with their lawmakers during the upcoming constituency break.
As the dialogue on electoral reform resonates with Liberians, iCampus has streamed three short films focusing on three key electoral reform issues.
Following months of stakeholders’ engagements, the Elections Coordinating Committee has submitted 17 electoral reform propositions to the House of Representatives for amendments.
The Elections Coordinating Committee, a group of civil society organizations that deployed the highest number of local observers in the 2017 general elections, has launched a project to support strengthening the country’s emerging democracy through pushing for electoral reform.
Citizens in rural Montserrado have begun debating specific reforms that are needed for laws affecting elections in Liberia.
“I don’t like the way the president can appoint elections commissioners in this country, because even me if I am a president and appointed you, you will cheat because I recommended you,” said Oretha Artis, a resident of Bokay Town in Granda Bassa’a first district. “If the president appoints you, he or she will have control over you.”
As government officials and civil society members push toward reforming electoral laws, young people and civil society leaders in Bomi have embraced the idea for electoral reform, identifying key areas in the laws affecting the electoral system.
As the rainy season draws closer, River Cess’ assistant elections magistrate is highlighting the challenges associated with conducting elections in his county when there are heavy rains.