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Liberia is in transition. Celebrating more than a decade of peace since the end of its civil war in 2003 and surviving the Ebola crisis, the country is moving past a focus on political stability and towards building a resilient democracy that delivers for its people. After electing Africa’s first woman head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2005, Liberians face another historic election in October 2017 when the country hopes to usher in its first post-war democratic transfer of power.
NDI first worked in Liberia to assist in voter education and election monitoring for the country’s 1997 elections, and has continuously worked in Liberia since 2003. NDI is currently partnering with the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), a network of civil society organizations, to monitor the upcoming election process, including voter registration, the campaign period, and election day. NDI is providing assistance to Liberian organizations to encourage those traditionally marginalized from political processes, including women and youth, to engage in the upcoming elections by mobilizing around issues that they find most important in their daily lives. To address the challenges that women face in participating in the political system, NDI is training aspiring women candidates and political leaders, as well as supporting women activists to develop a national policy platform called the Liberia Women’s Manifesto. To support political party engagement in the electoral process, NDI is assisting political parties to train pollwatchers and prepare for candidate debates. To enhance the integrity and peacefulness of the October 2017 polls, NDI is also implementing an international election observation mission to observe all phases of the electoral process including voter registration, the campaign period, election day and the post-election period. NDI previously worked to transform the Liberian legislature into a more open, transparent, and citizen-centered body by modernizing its practices, developing a professional staff, and creating increased opportunities for citizen engagement. To increase the demand for a more open and accountable legislature, NDI also helped civil society to engage in evidence-based issue advocacy and monitor the activities of the legislature. NDI’s current programs in Liberia are funded by USAID.
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