A newly formed Liberian civil society organization, Emancipation Movement of Liberia, Inc. or EMOL is to shortly launch a nationwide voter and civic education campaign for effective participation of all Liberians in the upcoming 2017 general and presidential elections.
The campaign is geared at helping to increase public confidence in the electoral system and process as well as popular participation, and help to reduce causes of spoilt ballots and electoral violence.
EMOL is an empowerment and service oriented advocacy, non-for-profit and- non-political organization established legally by Liberians both at home and in the United States of America to specifically undertake 12 pilot projects and other developments in Liberia.
A press release signed by EMOL’s Executive Director, Jarwinken Wiah, former Chief Reporter of The Inquirer Newspaper, the title of the civic and voter education campaign is “MY VOTE IS POWER” (MYVIP), the first of 12 pilot projects earmarked for nationwide here.
The release says the MYVIP project will use skit presentations to enable Liberian electorates to internalize issues affecting their livelihoods and the prospect of their future in exercising the power of their votes.
EMOL says, these presentations will as well make candidates to take the voting power of the people seriously as they will be facing a sophisticated voting population. part of its voting education campaign includes working with the National Elections Commission and candidates to organize and hold open debates at county and district public forums that will enable the electorates to learn more about the candidates and issues affecting their lives.
According to EMOL, the debates will also allow candidates to tell the Liberian people what is wrong with the country and how each of them intends to fix the problem and how the Liberian people will internalize the fixes or “pocket book issues”. The MYVIP project is expected to be formally launched in January 2017. Press release