Labrador City man trav­els to Liberia to be of­fi­cial ob­server of na­tional elec­tion

Group of steel­work­ers also pro­vided train­ing at West African mines

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

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

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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