IREDD Trains Journalist on Campaign Promises Tracking

Monrovia - October 5, 2020

IREDD, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) successfully conducted a two-day training on Campaign Promises Tracking. Participating journalists were trained on the proper tracking of campaign promises from sources such as debates, rallies, talk shows, and town hall meetings among others. Journalists were trained to be focused when tracking campaign promises and how to use devices such as cameras and voice recorders to gather accurate campaign promises from politicians during the election period. 

Participants expressed delight with the training and thanked IREDD for such initiative as it will make them engage politicians and lawmakers by documenting campaign promises during the election period. Participants recommended that IREDD conduct more of such trainings in the future, highlighting that the training was educational.

Speaking at the close of the training, Mr. Musa Kanneh, IREDD Project Manager, thanked participants for their dedication and also expressed satisfaction with the high level of professionalism shown during the training. He also urged participants to use the training as a tool to promote transparency and accountability. Furthermore, the Project Manager cautioned participants to follow all sides, observe their roles, and resist being compromised as they track campaign promises during the election period.

The training was held from October 3-4 2020, at DEN-L Training Center in Gbarnga, Bong County. The participants were practicing journalists from across the fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia who were independently selected and tasked by IREDD to follow the political activities of all candidates contesting the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections in their respective counties. Participants were encouraged to be neutral, focused, confidential, and available for the time of promises as they go about their duty. The Training was conducted under IREDD’s project “Promoting Political Parties Accountability in Liberia” with funding from NDI.