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The Carter Center Launches New Program in Partnership with LEON to Advance Democratic Governance

MONROVIA, LIBERIA (Sept. 14, 2021) — The Carter Center is partnering with the Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON) on a new, three-year project to advance democratic governance in Liberia.

Through this project, entitled Strengthening Citizen Voices to Advance Electoral Reform and Democratic Governance, the Center will support LEON’s activities to advance democratic governance through evidence-based reporting and engagement with citizens and officials. This will include advocacy in support of election reform that reflects recommendations from election observers, observation of by-elections, and observation of Liberia’s next national elections, anticipated in 2023.

LEON also will conduct national surveys on issues of public interest, and LEON’s long-term observers will report on political activity across Liberia’s 73 electoral districts. Additionally, the project will support LEON as it observes and reports on activity within Liberia’s legislature in order to help increase transparency and provide information to constituents and legislators on issues being discussed in the assembly.

The Liberia Elections Observation Network was launched in May 2017 as a partnership between The Liberian Crusaders for Peace, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, the Federation of Liberian Youth, and the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled.

The Carter Center and LEON extend their appreciation to the government of Sweden for its support of this project and its dedication to Liberia.

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Contact: In Atlanta, Soyia Ellison, soyia.ellison@cartercenter.org
In Monrovia, Taona Mwanyisa, +231 8811 02515, taona.mwanyisa@cartercenter.org

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A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.