Commissioner Boakai Dukuly said the role of Party Agents to ensure free, fair, credible, and transparent elections are also critical in ensuring a violent free Special Senatorial Election (SSE), come 8 December 2020. He made the remarks Friday, November 13, 2020, on behalf of the Chairperson of NEC, Davidetta Brwone Lansanah at the commencement of the first in a series of Political Parties and Independent Candidate's Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop in Monrovia.
Commissioner Dukuly, who has oversight for Political Parties said to ensure this was done, political party agents must be adequately trained, and must serve as election Ambassadors to ensure peace and reconciliation throughout the country even after the 8 December 2020. The NEC Commissioner challenged party agents to be truthful and to report exactly what they see but also to be careful how to handle complaints arising out of the elections. The TOT workshop is being conducted by the NEC, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Liberia Electoral Support Project, the Government of German, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
More than 400 representatives from political parties, Alliances, Coalitions, and Independent Candidates are attending the two-day TOT workshop. It is focusing on a comprehensive look at the 2020 Polling and Counting Manual, including reconciliation and Sorting of SSE ballots, general principles for determining valid and invalid ballots, political party, Independent Candidate Campaign Committee Agents, and referendum ballot and elections monitoring deployment, among others. The second phase of the Political Party TOT workshop will take place in Ganta, Nimba County. It will be followed by two others in Tubmanburg, Bomi County and Buchanan, in Grand Bassa County.
In a related development, the Independent Disputes Hearing Office of the National Elections Commission will on today, Monday, November 16, 2020 conduct a two-day workshop focusing on adjudicating electoral complaints for the 19 Elections Magistrates of the Commission. A statement from NEC issued on Friday, 13 November 2020 said the Elections Magistrates Adjudication workshop is in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, Electoral Support Project in Liberia.