Labrador City man travels to Liberia to be official observer of national election
Group of steelworkers also provided training at West African mines
It’s the second trip to Liberia for Adam Nichols of Labrador City.
When the Liberian Labour Council asked for international partners as observers for the national election, the steelworkers in Canada stepped up to the plate. Nichols, who travelled to the country last year on another exchange, was chosen as the representative from Atlantic Canada.
“We were six steelworkers from Canada divided into two groups, and we travelled to Monrovia the capital and Harbel, where the Firestone rubber plant is,” Nichols told the Aurora.
The observers helped at the polling stations by making sure polls opened on time, things were organized so people could find their polling stations, to make sure there was no intimidation at the polls and other duties. As an observer Nichols was given training, and shown how to report incidents if need be.
“I also returned to observe the counting of the ballots,” he explained. “Overall it was a fair election, with some confusion and long lineups.”
The observers completed reports, recommendations will be made and, if necessary, changes will be made for future elections.
The other part of the trip involved a visit to two Arcelor Mittal sites. This was to look at the general health and safety at the locations, and to observe if they met international standards.
“We also provided training in the form of body hazard mapping,” Nichols explained. “And we looked to see how the health and safety was being carried out by the company.”
This trip was a busy one, but Nichols said he enjoyed meeting the Liberian workers.
Last year’s trip involved a visit to audit a program set up
Some of the Liberian workers Adam Nichols met.
Part of the training provided by the steelworkers to the workers in the African country of Liberia.
Line ups at the polling station in Liberia.
Touring the port of an iron ore mine in Liberia.
A gym/polling station in Harvel, where elections were underway.