West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) has decided to hold its next academy in Liberia in an effort at help strengthen civil society capacity to engage in post-election reform and development. This capacity building academy will take place beginning today to Friday at a local resort in Monrovia. The forum opens between 9am and 10am with remarks from the Liberian Democratic Institute (LDI), WAEON Chairman Mashood Erubami, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Gabriel Smith, Chairman of the Elections and Inauguration Committee, House of Representatives.
The West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) is an independent, non-partisan, and non-religious network of citizen election observation/monitoring organizations in West Africa dedicated to the promotion of free, fair, transparent and peaceful election in Africa. Formed in 2010, WAEON was inaugurated in Abuja on February 21, 2011. Currently, WAEON consists of 11 Citizens’ Election Observation groups located in 11 West African countries namely Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
The organization’s mission is to strengthen and support citizen election observer groups for effective participation in electoral and democratic processes in West Africa through support to: non-partisan citizen election observation and monitoring; electoral reform advocacy; and the exchange of best practices.
The objectives of the network are as follows: to promote the adoption and implementation of international and regional norms on elections, democracy and good governance; to strengthen the capacity and independence of member organizations to mount election observation/monitoring projects covering the entire electoral cycle based on the highest ethical standards and best practices, etc.
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