The Elections Coordinating Committee, a group of civil society organizations that deployed the highest number of local observers in the 2017 general elections, has launched a project to support strengthening the country’s emerging democracy through pushing for electoral reform.
Citizens in rural Montserrado have begun debating specific reforms that are needed for laws affecting elections in Liberia.
“I don’t like the way the president can appoint elections commissioners in this country, because even me if I am a president and appointed you, you will cheat because I recommended you,” said Oretha Artis, a resident of Bokay Town in Granda Bassa’a first district. “If the president appoints you, he or she will have control over you.”
As government officials and civil society members push toward reforming electoral laws, young people and civil society leaders in Bomi have embraced the idea for electoral reform, identifying key areas in the laws affecting the electoral system.
As the rainy season draws closer, River Cess’ assistant elections magistrate is highlighting the challenges associated with conducting elections in his county when there are heavy rains.
Lawmakers have begun working on crafting an electoral reform bill, beginning with a two-day legislative working session in Buchanan.
Joining the calls of many others from across the country, citizens in Lofa are calling for amendment in the 1986 constitution to change the current date of elections.
Ahead of the 2020 senatorial elections, the stipendiary magistrate of the Bopolu City Magisterial Court, Augustine Tokpa, has recommended the establishment of a special tribunal to try cases of elections disputes.