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 IFES and LBS Sign Aggrement to Host Radio Program on Elections In Liberia July 12th, 2013

The management of the Liberia Broadcasting System and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have signed an agreement for the hosting of a Civic and Voter Education program on ELBC.

 

LBS Deputy Director-General, Geggiehood Rennie signs the agreement while IFES Country Director-Florim Peruva looks on

Speaking during the signing ceremony Friday in Monrovia, the CountryDirector of IFES, Florim Purova said IFES was very happy to sponsor the radio program which will assist the National Elections Commission in educating the public about the work of the Commission.

Mr. Purova said the sponsorship of the program was part of IFES commitment to supporting the work of the Commission in its drive to conduct free, fair, transparent and credible elections in the country.

Speaking earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Sarah Jegede-Toe, commended IFES for its continuous support to the work of the NEC and noted that the Radio program will educate the public, especially the electorate on the electoral process.

She said public awareness of the electoral process in Liberia is very cardinal because it will educate the electorate about their role and responsibility to the enhancement of the democratic process in Liberia.

Speaking on behalf of the management of the Liberia Broadcasting System, the Deputy Director-General of LBS, Leggiehood Rennie, said the state-owned broadcaster is delighted to partner with the IFES and the NEC in providing information to the public on elections related activities.

He said the LBS will ensure that the program is aired on a regular basis in concert with the agreement.

According to the agreement IFES will provide sponsorship for the radio program for the period of one year.

The program dubbed “Elections and You” will be aired live once every week with a repeat.

At the same time, the National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will on Monday begin a four-day workshop on the Gender and Elections Module of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Training Framework.

The workshop will look at the role of women advocacy groups in the electoral process; networking opportunities for women advocacy institutions as well as the coordination of programs being run by civil society groups.

The workshop will also look at the capacity of women occupying elective positions to deliver on their mandates as well as the state of the 30% women Quota Bill currently before the legislature.

The workshop will bring together twenty-five participants from civil society organizations, international agencies and the National Elections Commission.

The workshop will be facilitated by Nyambura Ngugi and Tomsie Dlemini, two certified international BRIDGE Trainers from South Africa and Kenya.



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