The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 launch a nationwide effort to bring together candidates for the December 16 special senatorial election to discuss their plans for their candidacy with the electorate.
The debate, to be held in each of the 15 counties, will be launched within Kakata, Margibi County, with the support of the International Research Exchange (IREX) and the USAID. The Press Union of Liberia has also partnered with the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) in providing the platform that will allow 139 certified candidates to come face-to-face with voters.
The debate will be broadcast live on community and national radio stations in the counties. To provide a wider participation, the sessions will take screen questions through calls, social media and text messages from citizens.
“The Press Union sees the debate as an opportunity for candidates and electorate to interact under cordial conditions, whereby their aspirations and concerns will be shared,” PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara said in a statement issued in Monrovia Thursday. Issues about the Ebola virus prevention will also feature during the debate, where candidates would be encouraged to advise their respective supporters to abide by the safety measures.
Generic questions, including the positioning of young people as well as women and children in the country’s development will be put before candidates for response during the debate. “FLY wants to ensure that candidates explain what vision or plan they have for young people and how they can be held accountable when elected,” FLY President Augustine Tamba noted.
Moderators of the debate, including journalists and civil society actors have been trained and prepared to conduct the debate throughout the country since April and May this year. PUL will work with FLY to set up three teams that will organize the debate in each of the counties. The debate climaxes in Montserrado on December 12, 2014.