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As the people of Liberia prepare to transition from elected president to the next the African Media Initiative (AMI), has concluded has concluded two-day election coverage training for 30 selected reporters and editors of local media institutions in the country.

AMI, involved in building the capacity of media institutions across the continent, convened the two-day election reporting workshop at a local hotel in Monrovia in collaboration with the African Union (AU), International IDEA and the Press Union of Liberia.

AMI and AU election reporting media training came from a backdrop that as the country gravitates from post-war and post-Ebola recovery to maintain peace and security, with the pending general and presidential elections for electorate to choose the next president, journalists should use their platforms as a pedestal to promote the maintenance of peace and stability.
One of the facilitators, AMI executive director Eric Chinje, said it is important that covering such a kind critical period of the country`s history, the media needs to challenge the politicians to make informed decision at the ballot box.
“You need to get away from emotionalism and report the real issues affecting the people in the society,” Chinje added.
He worked with the selected media representatives to identified issues that candidates can be held accountable to especially during the post-election era.
Chije along with the journalists during the interactive session highlighted education, roads, economy, job/unemployment, healthcare, electricity and good governance as some of the issues of concern that one can use to hold leaders accountable to the people.
According to the panelists, media professionals are best placed to phantom the tone and quality of debates and dialogues especially during the electoral process in the country.
“The media helps to focus attention on issues of national concerns, so, there is need that the media zero-in on mechanisms to make such happen,” the AMI executive director cautioned.
For his part, AU technical analyst Ernest Nyan Dolo said he is upbeat that Liberian journalists are part of the development that is currently taking place in the country.
He said one of major roles of the media is to ensure sustained peace and security in the sub region.

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