Mr. Abdulai Saffa stated that the essence of the court monitors is to ensure that all electoral crimes that would be heard in the electoral court are monitored in order to ensure that the process receives the desired attention.
The findings that will be gathered by these monitors he said, will inform reports that will be issued by the Consortium. He used the opportunity to call on civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media to pay keen attention on the Judiciary during the course of the electoral offenses-related court trials as it will help them understand the work of the Judiciary better.
Charles Lahai Chairperson for SEAG informed that the refresher training is to provide court monitors with the requisite skills and skits needed to enhance their monitoring. He said the refresher training is to provide additional knowledge needed to engage in the process, and make meaningful contributions to the electoral court proceedings.
As part of their expectation, Mr. Lahai mentioned that court monitors should be professional, free from bias and fair in their engagement in the process of monitoring election offences. He charged them to be mindful of the fact that their work will have far-reaching effects and that therefore they should be sincere and give the utmost attention to the process.