International Conference on "Mitigating the Use of Violence in Liberia's 2011 Electoral Contests"
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Elections Commission of Liberia are organizing a three-day International Conference in Monrovia, Liberia. The conference is on the theme, “Mitigating the Use of Violence during Liberia’s 2011 Electoral Contests”. This follows a similar event organized in Ghana in March this year, at which participants looked at ways of preventing electoral violence and institutional good governance in Africa.
The conference will offer participants the opportunity to engage in three days of dialogue and training with a diverse coalition of election stakeholders, including government Ministers, County Superintendents, local and international NGOs, civil society, youth, women and religious groups, Ambassadors and UN officials. CDD-Ghana would lead a subsequent training session for civil society organizations on the third-day to draw upon the electoral expertise assembled to provide additional skills on election monitoring and conflict mitigation and violence prevention tools that would be most effective for diffusing electoral issues before they can escalate into conflict.
Specific outcomes to be achieved during the three-day conference include among others: creating a platform for election organizations, donors, and other stakeholders to align their election expertise with NEC-identified areas of need; providing the NEC and election stakeholders with best practices and mechanisms to diffuse potential election conflicts; and establishing bonds between experienced civil society organizations committed to democracy and newly certified Liberian CSOs.