NEC’s Referendum Coordinator, Mr. J. Jappah Nah, said the first in a series of two separate week-long unveiling program takes place in Ganta City,Nimba County from Monday 5 October 2020 to Wednesday 7 October 2020 with the involvement of 120 Liberians from Grand Gedeh, Bong, Lofa and host Nimba counties. Nah disclosed that the theme of the stakeholders meeting on the national referendum symbols, is ‘Bringing Referendum to the People. Ganta, also known as Gompa City, is a town approximately 201 miles from Monrovia in Nimba County of northern Liberia. It is located just south of the Guinea border. It is the second-most populous city in Liberia, with an estimated population of 41,106 as of 2008.
According to Nah on Monday, 40 traditional leaders from the above named counties will gather to deliberate on the symbols, while on Tuesday anther 40 participants consisting of local government authorities will brainstorm on the need for the symbols, to be followed on the closing day with the third in the series of 40 participants to include District Commissioners who will make their input on the referendum symbols. He mentioned that the second in the series of unveiling program takes place in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County beginning Monday 12 October 2020 and ending on 14 October 2020 with another 120 participants. He said the Buchanan unveiling ceremony will begin with 40 representatives of registered Political Parties in Liberia on that Monday.
Another 40 representatives from Civil Society groups including Faith Based Organizations, FBO’s and Community Based Organizations, CBO’s will form a part of the program on Tuesday 13 October 2020, Mr. Nah indicated. The NEC referendum Coordinator said to climax the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday will be another 40 participants consisting of representatives of local and national media institutions from across Liberia. The NEC Coordinator for the 2020 referendum said after the unveiling of the symbols for the conduct of the 8 December 2020 election, a massive civic and voter education awareness and distribution of symbols will be implemented to affect the 15 counties throughout Liberia.