LIBERIA: Ahead Of June 28 Lofa County Senatorial By-Election, Several Rights Groups Deployed
Several rights groups have deployed monitors in Lofa County ahead of the June 28, 2022 senatorial by-election in that part of the country to professionally monitor the election, one of such group is the African Platform for Human Rights and Governance (APHRC).
According to the group Executive Director, Atty. Bowoulo Taylor Kelley said her monitor will arrive in the county on Sunday and return Wednesday, and further noted that the focus of the team is to vigorously the election violence activities, while Observers will also take into account of the entire election cycle.
Atty. Kelley said, the team will look of all act of human rights violence in the county if it occurs before the election on Tuesday.
The group Executive Director added, that its team will monitor the six Senatorial Candidates and their key supporters for statement that will be made to amid the peace that the country has built over the years.
The Executive Director further added, the group is a new group its will focus on the following; Human rights education/training and litigation, advocacy and research on human rights and democratic development consultancy on human rights reporting( shadow, alternative reporting to human rights and charter based treaty bodies), Legislative review and reforms.
The Lofa County bi election came into being after the former defense minister Brownie Samukai who lost his seat following the Supreme Court ruling.
Lofa County currently has 187,775 registered voters that is slated to go to the poll on Tuesday to elect their new Senator.
Those qualified by the NEC to contest in the poll are Momo Tarnuekollie Cyrus (M) Independent Candidate; Mariamu Beyan Fofana (F) Independent Candidate; Joseph Kpator Jallah (M) Independent; and George Beyan Samah (M) Independent Candidate, respectively. Others include Galakpai W. Kortimai (M) Unity Party, and Sumo G. Kupee (M) People’s Unification Party.
However, The African Platform for Human Rights and Governance (APHRG) was established in January 2021 to fill the lacuna of substantive human rights focus on litigation, human rights education, legal review and reforms and advocacy-based research.
Moreover, against these problems, the African Platform for Human Rights and Governance have decided to intervene in the human right landscape to review legislations, policies, conduct research and advocacy and proposed legislative and policy reforms to alleviate the crisis in the human rights sector.