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WANEP ends early warning training in Liberia

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WANEP’s Avoxe & Souare with Participants
WANEP’s Avoxe & Souare with Participants

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), has concluded a two – day Early Warning Community Monitors’ Training for Election Dynamics in Liberia  for over 30 participants nation-wide, representing various professional sectors.

The training focuses on the overview of WANEP’s Early Warning System on Liberia’s  the election dynamics including risk management, early warning reporting on incidence and situation and to introduce the features on the elections Portal.

Others areas of reporting  includes timeframes, overview of the indicators for monitoring of elections violence, individual reporting on the WANEP elections Portal and the submission and Presentation of Incidence reports and networking and coordination.

The West Africa Early Warning and Response (WARN) Program is a WANEP initiative, which places emphasis on collaborative approach on peacebuilding with the cheaper conviction to prevent violent conflict than to react.

Since 2002, WANEP  is being committed to institutionalizing Early Warning Systems in West Africa through its WARN program in the  efforts to prevent and mitigate violent conflicts in the West Africa that has yield tremendous dividends and constituted the WANEP – ECOWAS partnership for conflict prevention (ECOWARN).

WANEP’s Regional Conflict Analyst, Evelyn Avoxe, in a special statement on behalf WANEP’s Executive Director, Chukwuemeka B. Eza, said: “WANEP is keen to see Liberia emerges with peaceful out of the 2017 National Elections.  We are committed to ensuring a peaceful sub – region because elections in the region have often being led to violence, so it takes mitigation of elections related threats very seriously”.

The raining held Monday and Tuesday, July 3, and 4, 2017 at the iCampus on Snapper Hill, Central Monrovia, brought together Participants from the 15 sub–political division of Liberia including rural journalists, youth and women community leaders, and representatives of government agencies and line ministries.

“Training you as monitors is one of the most important  steps towards providing early warning information, leading to response in preventing elections related conflict before, during and after the 2017 October 10 Presidential and Representative Elections”, Avoxe emphasized.

She told the participants that the training would enable elections monitors become agents of peace for Liberia and urged   them to take seriously the acquired knowledge as they will be early warning ambassadors in their respective communities around the country.

WANEP’s Program Assistant, Ansoumana Samassy Souare, said it is not only for Liberians to conduct a peaceful elections but for the good of the entire sub – region.

“The essence of the training is for participants to understand the working of WANEP and how it is structured and operates as a regional institution on early warning system”.

Mr. Souare then called on the participants to work harder in reporting on security and violence issues within various communities in an effort to reduce the risk of violence and pave the way for continues peace and stability.

Several of the participants who spoke to lauded WANEP for the training and expressed wiliness to exhibit commitment and professionalism in the discharge of their duties in working for Liberia. 


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