Members of the Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (LICHRD) over the weekend elected new corps of officers to lead the organization for the next two years.
LICHRD is a network or coalition of over 30 national NGOs and civil society groups dedicated to and active in the field of human and fundamental rights and continues to provide solidarity among defenders in Liberia.
The board is the highest decision–making body of the organization and members of the board are elected by officials from member organizations. The board members work in the interest of the organization.
During the elections, the winner with the highest votes immediately becomes the chairman of the Board. The constitution requires five persons to be on the organization’s board. The election took place on Saturday January 25, 2020 at the head office of Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) on Benson Street in Monrovia.
Out of the six contestants, five won. Those elected include Neidoteh Boye Torbor of the Human Rights Network Foundation (HRNF) as chairman, Annie B. Matadi of Women’s Rights and Democracy (Word Center), member, Joseph T. Blamiyon of the Center for Transparency and Natural Resource Governance (CETNARG) as member, Daniel Allison of the Liberia Research and Development Agency (LIRDA) as member and Michael G. Yorwah of the Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE) as member respectively; while Abraham S. Kimber of the Liberia Civil and Human Rights Alliance (LCHR Alliance), the only contestant defeated after getting the least vote cast.
Speaking following the announcement of the results over the weekend, LICHRD’s Elections Commission chairman and National Coordinator of Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) and member of LICHRD, Sam M. Nimely urged the new leaders to demonstrate true commitment and work in unity for the success of the organization.
Also Speaking, the outgoing chairman of LICHRD, Dwana Kingsley called on the new board members to ensure the organization continues to work effectively in defending the rights of others.
Kingsley wants LICHRD to be second to none under the new leadership; saying “We need to defend the defenders.”
For his part, the new Board Chairman, Neidoteh Boye Torbor of the Human Rights Network Foundation (HRNF) thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him to lead for the next two years.
Torbor called on his colleagues to work together for the improvement of the organization. He commended the outgoing leadership for setting the pace that they are beginning from.