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 NEC, Angie Brooks International Complete Magistrate Training September 17th, 2017

MONROVIA— The National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Angie Brooks International Center today ended a two-day training workshop for the 19 electoral magistrates of Liberia, aimed at improving their capacity in adjudicating complaints and challenges arising before, during and after 2017 elections.  

At the closing program, the chairman of the commission Jerome Korkoya admonished the magistrates to always remember the critical nature of the elections and be careful in every step. He said every decision of a magistrate could just end up at the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The NEC Chairman urged the magistrates to “remember that there are more than 900 people thinking about the legislature and you know that of that number only 73 will win; you can imagine how many persons will be angry”. He said the anger of the losers will be directed at the commission, “so please be careful with what you do”.

The legal training was conducted by former chairperson of NEC and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Frances Johnson Allison. Chairman Korkoya lauded Cllr. Allison for her valuable contribution she continues to render her country and to the 2017 elections process.

The magistrates are arguably the most important staff of the NEC, especially during elections. And, with the 2017 presidential and representative elections in a touching distance, the two-day training was a begging opportunity for the 19 magistrates who came from the 15 Counties of Liberia.

The Angie Brooks International Center, through its Women’s Situation Room, partnership with the Association of Female Lawyer of Liberia (AFELL) to conduct the training.

The head of the Angie Brooks International Cente,r Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh commended the National Elections Commission for the opportunity to have the magistrates trained in actual legal matters.

The magistrates were practically drilled in the details of complaints and challenges, duties of the magistrate when presiding over a hearing, the appeal process from the decision of the magistrate to the NEC Board of Commissioners and the role of the magistrate and that of the hearing officer.

The NEC oversight on legal affairs also admonished the magistrates to take seriously the lessons learned upon returning to their respective counties. Speaking at both the opening the closing of the training, Commissioner Boakai Dukuly said having applied knowledge of legal proceedings is essential and timely.

The 2017 presidential and representative elections will be held on Tuesday October 10. There are 20 presidential candidates, 980 representative candidates and 2,183,629 registered voters.

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