The National Election Commission of Liberia (NEC) and its partners have begun a two-day training for media practitioners in Gbarnga City, Bong County.
The workshop which is under the theme “ENSURING CONFLICT-SENSITIVE AND FACT-BASED JOURNALISM DURING ELECTIONS” is to enlighten media practitioners on how to cover issues surrounding the upcoming by-elections in the Country.
It can be recalled the House of Representatives informed the National Elections Commission about vacancies created in Bomi, district #1, Grand Gedeh, district #1, Nimba, district #1, and Bong, district #2 respectively.
The two days’ workshop which started on Monday, October 18, 2021, is being organized by NEC, Internews, UNDP, and USAID, and it is expected to end on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, hosting journalists from Montserrado, Bong, and Bomi Counties. The training is expected to continue to Ganta, Nimba County for another two days’ workshop that will end on Friday, October 22, 2021. The workshop is expected to host media men from Grand Gedeh, Nimba, and Montserrado Counties.
Topics to cover during the workshop are, Liberia Electoral Context and Basic Terminologies, By-Election and Media Reporting, Gender Balance in Election Coverage, and Basic Skills for Interviewing Politicians among others.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, the organizers called on the participants to take the workshop seriously as it will help them along as they report in the upcoming By-Elections.
According to them, the training provides information that will help the National Elections Commission carry out a free, fair, and transparent by-election comes November 2021 and places a major focus on female candidates’ participation in the election process.