Monday, August 1, 2011

Group to Ensure Violence Free Elections in Liberia

As Liberia embraces its second post-conflict presidential and legislative elections, many individuals as well as local and international non-governmental organizations are still ambivalent about the future of the country, which fundamentally depends on the conduct and outcome of the pending elections.

A number of local and international organizations under the banner, Early Warning and Early Responses Working Group (EWERWG) have stepped up efforts aimed at identifying critical conflict sensitive issues, although their work is beyond elections.
The African Elections Project in an interview the lead consultant of the Conflict Early Warning and Early Responses group, Mr. Nathaniel B. Walker, asserted that Liberia is at the cross road and sounded a caveat that the 2011 electoral process should be managed in such a way that it remains violent free.

"We proposed a peaceful resolution of all issues through constructive engagement such as negotiations and dialogues. The court process is there and should be structured to speedily resolve elections related cases".

He called on all Liberians having disagreement with any aspect of the elections law or process to use the path of nonviolence to obtain clarity and answers, something he believes would keep Liberia peaceful during and after the elections process.

According to him, the group has an active membership of 16 including the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP), the Inter-religious Council of Liberia, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNMIL Civil Affairs, Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia Democracy Watch, Ushahidi, Youth Crime Watch and Landmine Action, African Elections Project, amongst others.

The Network, according to Mr. Walker is working to ensure that it develops a synergy to make an effective and collective impart through a Humanity Funded Programs on conflict early warning work.

Mr. Walker added that the Network is also collaborating with the National Elections Commission (NEC) to identify potential conflict sensitive issues and make a recommendation to relevant stakeholders.

The group has three clusters including warning cluster which comprises of organizations that are already involved with early warning issues, the technology cluster responsible to receive all and manage information from the field like the Ushahidi system and the response cluster responsible to respond to conflict issues.


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