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 NEC, UNDP and IFES Release Survey Report on Civic Education for Elections June 19th, 2014

The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has launched a Baseline Study Report on Civic and Voter Education in Liberia.

The launching ceremony took place Wednesday at the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia.

The study was conducted by the Liberia Media Center with funding from the United Nations Development Programme.

The launching ceremony was sponsored by IFES.

The study provides information that would enhance civic education and effective communications for inclusive voter registration and other processes associated with elections in Liberia.

Findings of the report, which were read by Commissioner Samuel Joe, state that 70 per cent of youth in the country appear more knowledgeable and aware of the electoral process as compared to other target groups.

 

The report further noted that women, Community Based Organizations and persons with disabilities also demonstrate high levels of awareness with 53%, 63%, and 56% respectively.

 

Literacy concern was prominent during the survey, with many participants calling for messages to be presented in the popular vernacular of residents of communities in which the messages are being broadcast.

 

During the survey more women felt the NEC was more accessible than the media, with 33% claiming access to the NEC and 16.7% to the media;

 

Commissioner Joe quotes the report as saying that majority of the respondents have interest in the upcoming Senatorial Elections as 86% of them have registered to vote; only 14% said they had not registered.

 

The report noted that despite the enthusiasm among interviewees to participate in the upcoming election, over half of the respondents (51%) said they did not receive information on how to register for the voter roll update  process in the past 4 or 5 weeks.

 

The findings of the study will be used to develop a long-term civic voter education strategy for the commission.

The survey utilized both quantitative and qualitative research techniques that incorporated the conduct of a field study, focus group discussions, desk reviews and key informant interviews.

The survey was conducted in Montserrado, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Bong, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru and Grand Gedeh Counties.



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