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Liberia’s 2024 Legislative By-elections in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties: Assessing the Races and the Racers

The Bigger PictureOn February 9, 2024, the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia announced vacancies for a Senate seat in Nimba County and a House of Representatives seat in Grand Gedeh County. These vacancies arose due to the outcomes of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections and the unfortunate incident that happened on December 4, […]

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2024 Elections Weekly Brief No 2: Disinformation and Elections

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of digital media and gear up for the 2024 South African General Elections, it is crucial to recognise the dangers that disinformation poses to the core of our democratic process. Disinformation polarises communities, misleads voters, and erodes trust in public institutions, and during election periods, electoral institutions, and processes, […]

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Navigating Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities in Liberia’s 2024 Legislative By-elections in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties

Liberia is on the verge of conducting pivotal by-elections,  scheduled for April 23, 2024, for a Senatorial seat in Nimba County and a Representative seat for District #1 in Grand Gedeh County. Nimba County, the country’s second-largest Senatorial constituency in number of registered voters with over 300,000 and is at the forefront of national political […]

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ARRIVAL STATEMENT: EISA International Election Observer Mission to the 14 November 2023 Presidential Runoff in Liberia

Members of the mediaFellow observersCitizens of Liberia It is an honour to be here once again in Monrovia. The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa International Election Observation Mission (EISA-IEOM) announces the arrival of its 18 Short-term Observers (STOs) to observe the 14 November 2023 Presidential runoff election in Liberia. The Mission is headed […]

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Women’s Political Participation: Is Liberia Making Progress?

After many months of campaigning and overcoming financial and institutional challenges, for the successful candidates there is relief that the 10 October elections have concluded. Regrettably, for many women aspirants however, the results of the 2023 elections were not kind. At the voter registration stage, 1,237,257 women registered on the voters’ roll, slightly less than […]

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Importance of Invalid Votes on the 2023 Liberian Elections: Insights and Remedial Measures

The impact of invalid votes in African elections requires careful consideration. Invalid votes often result from errors or unclear markings on the ballot. Such ballots might reflect the voter’s intention, but due to incorrect markings or other issues, they are deemed invalid. Invalid votes can have a significant impact on the outcome of an election, […]

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The Risk of Militancy in support of Political Parties and candidates to Liberia’s National Security

Leading up to the 2023 Legislative and Presidential Elections, EISA Long-Term Observers (LTOs) have noted the public display of militant supporters by several political parties and independent candidates during rallies and meetings in Liberia. The use of militants is prevalent in counties where parties or candidates are looking to consolidate a support base or weaken […]

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From Campaign Trails to Ballot Boxes: Unscrambling the Turnout Puzzle in Elections

Liberia’s election landscape as with many African elections is characterized by a vibrant campaign and electioneering culture with its unique colors and contours. One of the most intriguing aspects of African elections is the relationship between campaign turnout and the eventual voter turnout on election day. Since the beginning of the official campaign period on […]