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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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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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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 […]

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Electoral Promises Without Manifestos: A Crucial Missing Piece

As the October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative Elections draw closer, one missing element is the absence of clear and well-articulated manifestos from political parties. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish one political party from another in terms of ideological and developmental programmes. In Liberia, robust and vibrant ideologies and programs from political parties and […]

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Chadian Media Professionals Equiped with Tools for Ethical Elections Coverage

Chad’s media landscape is very diverse with a range of well-established players. There are six private television channels in Chad, more than 60 private radio stations, of which about 20 broadcast from N’Djamena and more than 40 from the provinces. Additionally, there are 38 French-language newspapers, 13 Arabic-language newspapers and about 20 online press sites. […]

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The Farmington Declaration is more than a piece of paper

Africa’s culture and history is often passed on through oral tradition, with spoken words arguably more valuable than written words. An African proverb says that: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” This perspectives series challenges political leaders to reflect on their commitment to the 2023 Revised Farmington declaration. Political leaders […]