Women Situation Room Embarks on Rule of Law Campaign
Monrovia – A campaign aimed at educating Liberians on the importance of rule of law, ahead of the pending presidential run-off election in the country, has been launched by the Women Situation Room (WSR).
Report by Kennedy L. Yangian [email protected]
The campaign, dubbed “Talking Bus,” was launched Friday at the Mamba Point Hotel by the women group, which uses peace-building mechanism to mitigate conflict before and after elections in African countries.
The current Talking Bus campaign is being implemented by the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) and sponsored by USAID, under its LPAC project in collaboration with the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), an umbrella organization for lawyers.
Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, initiator of the project, stated that the project is aimed at educating Liberians on the importance of the rule of law, especially at the time the Supreme Court has handed down its opinion in a petition filed before it by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) alleging fraud and irregularities in the October 10th Presidential and Representatives Elections conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Liberty Party (LP) had prayed the high court to grant it a re-run of the October 10 polls based on the fraud and irregularities that marred the elections.
In the high court’s opinion delivered by Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, III, on December 7, 2017, it couldn’t endorse a re-run election when LP didn’t produce sufficient evidence. Though the high court acknowledged that there existed irregularities in some polling places in the country but that could not constitute a basis for a re-run of the entire process.
The Court than lifted the stay order placed on the preparations for the holding of the run-off presidential election, which is set to be held between the ruling Unity Party (UP) and that of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The Court, however, ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) body to do a number of things before it can call for a runoff election between, VP Joseph Boakai and Senator George Weah.
One of the things the Court mandated NEC to do is publishing of the Final Registration Roll (FRR) at every polling center and place.
During the launch of the Talking Bus campaign, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh stated that the high court is the final arbiter of justice, which every Liberian needs to learn and know and what it says is those affected have to abide by.
“ Our people have to know the Constitution: the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice, therefore, we have to accept its ruling,” said Cllr. Wureh, who reiterated that the Talking Bus campaign will be carried out on talk shows and local vernaculars as well.
The President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Cllr. Moses Paegar, who was delighted about the campaign, stated that the LNBA has an education committee and that the LNBA will be providing two lawyers to work with the Women Situation Room (WSR).
USAID Chief of Party and head of the LPAC project, Gerald Meyerman, hailed the Supreme Court’s opinion on the run-off election. Meyerman stressed the importance of the rule of law adding that it is cardinal in building any democracy.
“Let every Liberian see the rule of law as very cardinal in building a democratic society,” said Meyerman, who also called on the media to see the need to work with the Women Situation Room in the promotion of the rule of law.
WSR concept was initiated by the women of Liberia with technical support from the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) during the Liberia Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2011.