The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) at Carnegie Mellon University, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) will convene a three-day International Conference titled: 'Conference to Mitigate Violence in Liberia's 2011 Elections'. Running from Thursday, December 2 to Saturday the 4th, 2010 at the Palm Spring Resort in Congo Town outside Monrovia, this event is being generously supported by Humanity United. This important conference will feature participation from key Liberian leaders, Ministers and senior government officials, United Nations leaders, civil society representatives, political leaders, County Superintendents, international diplomats and scholars.
The opening ceremonies will feature words of welcome from the conference organizers, including NEC Chairman James Fromayan; Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the CIPI and former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development; and Dr. Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United.
The conference presenters will also be joined by Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, and Rep. Gabriel B. Smith, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Elections and Inaugurations, the Legislative leaders who oversee the conduct of elections through their respective committee chairmanships.
After the opening formalities, the first conference session will cover the theme: "Building on the Success of the 2005 Electoral Process", in which Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, UNMIL Amb. Ellen Margrethe Løj , and NEC Co-chair Cllr. Elizabeth J. Nelson will serve as panelists.
Other sessions of the conference will focus on: "The Incidence and Character of Liberia's Election-Related Violence", "Mapping Conflict -Prone Regions" and "Tools and Techniques for Preventing Violence". Key presenters and panelists at these sessions include key Ministers of Government, County Superintendents, Dr. Pearl T. Robinson of Tufts University, UNMIL DSRSG Moustapha Soumaré, and Ambassador Akin Fayomi, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union, as well as representatives of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Democratic Institute (NDI), and the West Africa Network for Peace Building.
On Saturday, December 4, the organizers will convene a Civil Society Peer Learning Forum at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City. The session will focus on the role of civil society in promoting free, fair and credible democratic elections. The CSOs Peer Learning Forum will be led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).
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