The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) has deployed 168 domestic election observers in all of the 5 electoral districts of Lofa County to observe the June 28, 2022, Lofa Senatorial by-election to increase public confidence in the electoral process and its outcome.
Election Day Observation Methodology
Of the 168 observers, 162 are deployed at specific voting precincts throughout the election day to report on the opening, set-up, voting, closing, counting, and tabulation of results. This deployment methodology will enable the ECC to comment on the process by drawing on data points from every district within the county. Additionally, 5 (five) observers will be deployed as Electoral District Supervisors and 1 (one) County Coordinator who will roam to observe the general electoral environment while at the same time supervising the activities of the precinct observers and reporting critical incidents whenever they occur.
All the observers were trained to use an observation checklist and critical incidence forms that cover all the procedures of polling and counting. The ECC has also established a Data Information Center (DIC) in Monrovia where 16 trained data clerks will receive observation reports on the opening of polls, voting, and closing. ECC will produce a mid-day report on June 28, 2022, on the opening and set up of polling as well as a final press conference on June 30, 2022, on the voting and closing of the polls.
At the same time, the (ECC) is deeply concerned about the replacement of lost and damaged voter cards conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC) in March 2022. According to a report received by the ECC, the process of replacing lost and damaged cards took place in the two Magisterial Offices in Lofa County, located in Kolahun and Voinjama. The ECC believes that the distances between the five (5) districts posed a challenge for voters to transport themselves to these two locations to have their damaged or lost cards replaced. This means some eligible voters who did not have their damaged or lost cards replaced will not have the opportunity to vote and this could heighten a situation that is already politically charged.
Despite this, ECC encourages all electoral stakeholders such as the NEC, political parties, and security to exercise restraint in dealing with voters on election day who may feel excluded because of the situation aforementioned. In the meantime, the ECC welcomes the peaceful conduct of the campaign process and encourages all eligible voters to turn out peacefully and vote on June 28. The ECC also calls on candidates with grievances to use the legal process and the dispute resolution mechanism in place at the NEC.
About the ECC:
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), is the largest civil society platform that observes elections in Liberia. It is comprising several organizations: Center for Democratic Governance (CDG); Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP); Center for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (CECPAP), Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD); Naymote Partners for Democratic Development; West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), and the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL). It works in partnership with Democracy International with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).