The Governance Commission will today, December 10th,hold a policy dialogue in the James Fromayan Conference Hall of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia on the topic,“The role of political parties in the peaceful resolution of election disputes.”
A press release from the GC says the policy dialogue is the second in a series of four organized as part of its effort towards paving a smooth democratic process during the 2017 presidential and national elections.
The release says officials of political parties, the Supreme Court and the National Elections Commission are expected to grace the dialogue, which starts at 10 A.M.
Panelists include the chairman of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change, Mr. Nathaniel McGill, and Mr. FonatiKoffa of the Liberty Party, while the President of the Press Union Liberia, Mr. Abdullai A. Kamara will serve as moderator.
The release also notes that the 2017 General and Presidential Elections will not only be a crucial test for Liberia’s fragile democracy, but also historical in that it could witness the victory of an elected president from a different political party succeeding the incumbent for the first time since 1878.
And it will also witness the first presidential election in which the incumbent does not participate as a candidate, and the first, since the 1986 Constitution came into effect, where the Liberian senate will not participate in the polls.
A special senatorial election was conducted in December last year where senators were elected for nine years in line with the Constitution.
It says the first dialogue was held on November 19, 2015 at the Bella Casa Hotel on the topic,“Electoral Dispute Resolution:Implications for a smooth democratic transition: issues for 2017.” Press Release