The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has ended a day’s training workshop at the Youth Sport Club hall along Mahei Vangahun Road in Kenema city for Non Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations, the press and civil society organisations.
Giving an overview of the workshop one of the facilitators, Francis Balema Musa who is the public relations/voter education officer in Kenema district, said “the idea is to train the participants so that they will in turn train the community people in their localities on polling procedures”.
He spoke about the political parties’ code of conduct, nomination, campaign and public behaviour before, during and after August 11.
Mr Musa explained the role of observers/agents and polling monitors saying that, “the observer’s role is different from the role of the monitors as observers are there to observe the process while the monitors are to strictly monitor the procedures of polling stations”.
Another facilitator, Eku D. Scotland who is the coordinator of Opportunity Skills Training Centre (OTS), spoke about the Pause, Assess, Listen and Solve (PALS) methodology in resolving conflicts in communities. Cecilia Wilson, one of the participants, told the press about how educative the workshop was and promised to pass on what she had learnt to her community people.