The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has taken elections peace message to Grand Bassa County as part of its capacity support to the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Through a release dated 25 September 2023, the LNBA said it has been rolling out activities under the LNBA/NEC Collaboration Project.
It is intended to build the capacities of the NEC, civil society organizations, security sector actors, religious communities, and the media with funding from the UNDP Electoral Support Program.
According to the release, the implementation of the project began on Tuesday, 19 September 2023 in Montserrado County, with the holding of a public dialogue on electoral dispute resolution.
The dialogue emphasized the distinction between courtroom litigation and administrative hearings conducted at NEC and public awareness of the election timetable and pre-election activities.
“The project was extended to Tubmanburg, Bomi County, on Friday, 22 September 2023, and the event was attended by over 100 participants drawn from Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, and Bomi Counties, representing various sectors of the Liberian society.
The participants included members of the bar, civil society organizations (CSOs), the security sector, and the media.
The LNBA release explained that the unprecedented project is geared toward ensuring the peaceful conduct of a free, fair, transparent, credible, and democratic election.
While in Grand Bassa, the LNBA will conduct a public dialogue, training, and awareness event with participants drawn from Margibi, River Cess, and Grand Bassa Counties.
“Presenters at the event will include former Associate Justice, Philip A.Z. Banks, III; former Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh and former National President of the LNBA, Cllr. G. Moses Paegar,” the release said.
The release disclosed that the three presenters will present on different aspects of “Electoral Dispute Resolution, with emphasis on courtroom litigation and administrative hearings conducted at NEC.”
It revealed that the training session will be moderated by Cllr. Frederick L.M. Gbemie, a member of the National Executive Council of the Bar.
“The LNBA says it remains grateful to the Irish and Swedish Governments, and the European Union (EU) for providing support to enable the LNBA to achieve such unparalleled initiative,” the release indicated.