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Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel Smith



Rep. Smith Wants Civic, Voter Education Top In 2017
By Calvin Brooks, LINA        

MONROVIA, February 3 (LINA) - Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel Smith has challenged the Electoral Management System of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to ensure that civic and voter education are prioritized in the 2017 electoral process.

He noted that civic and voter education are critical in the conduct of credible and transparent elections, emphasizing: “If the 2017 elections should be credible enough to avoid confusion among the electorates, much needs to be done to educate them adequately.”

The Grand Bassa County lawmaker made the observation at a one-day Policy Dialogue on “Strengthening the Electoral Management System With Respect to Enhancing Civic and Voter Education” held Monday in Monrovia.

He pointed out that in order to ensure credible and transparent elections in 2017, the needed budgetary support must be appropriated in the national budget to enhance the process.

He noted that Liberia runs an independent electoral system and to maintain that system, the two Houses of the National Legislature need to work together to allot the required funding to execute the process.

Representative Smith emphasized that if Liberia should remain safe in 2017 and beyond, all Liberians should consider it their responsibility to keep the country stable, noting that free and fair elections are the panacea to peace and stability.

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