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 Several journalists, NEC STAFF benefit from IFES’ sponsored BRIDGE Training July 12th, 2013

Participants appeal for more capacity building 

 

 Participants at the workshop 

Several Liberian Journalists and personnel of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have completed a four – day intensive Building Resources In Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Media in Elections training workshop in Monrovia.

The Workshop was conducted by NEC in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Facilitators of the four-day workshop came from South Africa and Malawi. 

Participants were drawn from both broadcast and print media institutions and staff of the Public Information and Civic Education Sections of NEC attended the workshop.

The workshop was facilitated by Tomsie Dlamini and Deverson Makwate two internationally acclaimed BRIDGE facilitators from South Africa and Malawi.

It was aimed at effectively building the capacity of Journalists and NEC Public Information Staff on the activities of elections and how best they can adequately covered elections to ensure the sustenance of Liberia’s emerging democracy, peace and to avoid conflict during the various elections’ periods in theirs country.

Topics discussed during the training sessions include: Election Law Reform, Impact on the Media and Media Guiding Principles for Media Freedom, National and International Media, Elements of the Electoral Management Body (EMB) and Media Relationship as well as International Human Rights and Conventions.

Other topics focused on were Regulating Media during Election, Media Code of Conduct during Elections, Protecting Media Freedom, implementing a Communication Plan, Communications Strategies and Social Media among others.  

In her opening remarks, NEC Acting Chairman, Cllr. Sarah Toe told the participants the training would greatly help them to report accurate, balance and credible news on the work of the National Elections Commission and electoral activities in the country.

Cllr. Toe said “It is the Commission hopes that you Journalists will take this training seriously because skills and knowledge acquired from this workshop will put you in the right position to accurately inform the Liberian people on activities related to the conduct of the 2014 Special Election and future elections in Liberia”.

She said, “this Media in Elections Training comes at the time when the National Elections Commission is seriously preparing for the conduct of the 2014 Special Election”.

Cllr. Toe also reiterated that the Commission is fully committed to conduct free, fair, transparent and credible elections throughout Liberia in line with its constitutional mandate.

Meanwhile, the participating Journalists of the training workshop have lauded NEC, IFES and all of its partners for organizing such a worthy event that has broadened their horizon on elections’ related activities and appealed for more capacity building to empower them as they report on election activities.

The effectiveness and efficiency of any professional like  [we] Journalists the world over can only adequately perform our tasks in professional and responsible ways once we are trained and this can be achieved from this training workshop” the participants pointed out.

They also pledged their commitment in educating the public on the activities of Liberia’s Electoral Management Body as well as their colleagues in the media.

The Media in Elections Training Workshop is the latest to be conducted by NEC, IFES and other partners aimed at building the capacity of special professional institutions to be knowledgeable of related electoral activities in Liberia.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), the International Institute for Democracy Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the United Nations are partners in capacity building programs including the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE).

 



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