Ahead of the October 10 2017 general elections, security personnel are participating in a series of training sessions in electoral security with support of the multi-donor basket fund in cooperation with the Liberia National Police and the National Elections Commission.
The training which is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Ireland, Sweden and Canada was meant to boost the capacity of the National Elections Commissions so that peaceful elections are held. Security is a key component in credible elections and police officers are taking part in a number of modules that will increase their understanding of best practice electoral policing, assist police manage the demands of Election Day policing and enhance understanding of electoral procedures in ranks. A handbook produced by the basket fund will also be distributed for police to have an easy access guide during their deployment to provide election security. Police training is also being conducted in centers across the country and in total will last for five weeks. With over 5,000 security personnel scheduled to be deployed on elections day, this training is a key part of partners’ commitment to support credible and transparent elections in Liberia. The UNDP election basket fund supports the National Elections Commission and other agencies to strengthen the electoral system in Liberia with a fund of USD16 million.