At least 125 elections campaigners from all 25 communities in the Municipal Borough of New Kru Town, Monsterrado County Electoral District#16 have received training in Elections Conflict Management.
Formal opening ceremony for the training workshop took place on Tuesday, 1 August in Corner West Community, Bushrod Island. Participants are direct campaigners for the re-election of district#16 incumbent Representative Edward Ford, for a third term. Mr. Tonny Nagbe, senior coordinator of the workshop, warns participants to be very mindful in how they engage opposition supporters to avoid electoral conflict during the campaign.
He emphasizes that campaigners for the re-election of Representative Ford should also be mindful in approaching issues arising from the opposition bloc to prevent fighting and other violations that could drive away individuals who may want to support their candidate. He recalls that electoral violence ensued after the 1985 elections because most party supporters never had the knowledge and skills how to resolve and avoid conflict during campaign period that led to the arrest of several opposition candidates and their supporters.
He urges the participants to build perfect relationship with opposition supporters, noting that at the end of the electoral process, both opposition and supporters would become one family again therefore, they should do noting that will dampen chances of their candidates.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne