14 December 2012

Liberia: NEC Conducts Moot Court for Hearing Officers

The Complaints Hearing Office of the National Elections Commission has completed a two-day Moot Court Process for several Elections related Complaints hearing officers in the country.

The Moot Court, held in the Court Room of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia was also attended by young legal practitioners and students of the Lewis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia and partners of the Commission.

The Moot Court Program took place on Wednesday and Thursday December 12 and 13 respectively. The hearing officers at the gathering were drilled in the hearing process of complaints filed during electoral periods and how to adjudicate such cases with the needed exigency.

The Senior Hearing Officer of the Commission, Attorney Muana Ville said the Moot court exercise will keep the hearing officers abreast of the procedures in hearing cases and common complaints filed during elections.

Posing as lawyers for complainants and defendants at the Moot Court gathering, the hearing officers held mock elections complaints hearing exercises from which mock judgments were rendered. The Moot Court Program was organized by the National Elections Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program.

Meanwhile, as part of its routine Civic and Voter Education (CVES) intervention initiatives in the post electoral cycle, the National Elections Commission will conduct a two-day regional consultation in Tubmanburg, Bomi County from December 14 to 15, 2012. The consultation is being rolled out with assistance from the International Foundation Electoral Systems (IFES).

Held under the theme, "Regional Consultation on NEC CVE Six Years Implementation Strategy" will bring together participants from Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi Counties respectively. Participants will include Civil Society Organizations, the local leadership structure and traditional leaders.

According to a NEC release, topics to be discussed during the consultation are: "Strategic Direction" "Six Year Roadmap", "Strategic Planning Process" and CVE Delivery Methodology."

Results emanating from the consultation will be included in the six-year Civic Voter Education Implementation Strategy that is being carved up by the Commission.

Meanwhile, the 19 NEC magistrates spread across the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia has being authorized by the Commission to conduct a baseline survey on the effectiveness of CVE content delivery during the 2011 Legislative and Presidential elections.

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