A local group, the Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) is calling for massive supports for civic and voter’s education ahead of the 2017 elections in Liberia. In a press release EMOL said effective and efficient civic and voter’s education is key to popular participation of citizens in electoral activities.
It said support would enable civil society organizations to avert low turnout of electorates during the upcoming elections. The group said support and civic and voter’s education activities are being slowly done by both donors and the National Elections Commission.
EMOL therefore appealed to both local and international organizations, including the United Nations Agencies to support NGOs and civil society organizations to conduct effective civic and voter’s education nationwide.
It stressed the need for the government to attach seriousness to civic and voter’s education because awareness and civic engagements are crucial citizens participation in the process.
According to EMOL, in past elections, most citizens were victims of limited information and education on electoral processes, thus, they could cast their votes.
It said such situation has confused citizens about how to use the power of their votes and how they could as well use same to hold both elected and appointed officials accountable.
EMOL is a civic and advocacy organization established by Liberians at home and abroad and duly registered at home and in the United States of America. Press release