George Wah Williams

Executive Director
Liberia Democracy Watch
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Interviewers: 
Nealin Parker
Country of Reform: 
Liberia
Town/City: 
Monrovia
Country: 
Liberia
Date of Interview: 
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Abstract 

George Williams, former officer of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Monrovia describes his experiences during the 2005 Liberian elections. The institute worked extensively with political parties in the country, playing a role in the establishment of an Inter-Party Consultative Committee (IPCC) and a party code of conduct. Williams describes political parties in the country as fragile and requiring significant reform. During the 2005 elections, Liberian political parties were centered on individuals rather than on ideological or political preferences. As such, they tended to be transient rather than stable and lasting institutions. Williams recommends that parties should emphasize capacity building and that the National Elections Commission of the country, which he says was moderately successful in regulating the 2005 elections, should increase its level of regulation in subsequent elections. He goes on to discuss the potential merits of publicly financed campaigns, which would be possible only if parties were better regulated and their number reduced.     

Case Study:  A Path to Peace: Liberia's First Post-War Elections, 2004-2005

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At the time of this interview, George Williams was the Executive Director of Liberia Democracy Watch.  In his capacity with Liberia Democracy  Watch, Williams served as an international elections observer with the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) in Ghana in 2008 and with The Carter Center in Sudan in 2010. During the 2005 elections, George Williams was a Program Officer for the International Republican Institute in Monrovia, Liberia. Williams, who comes from a family active in politics, studied economics at the University of Liberia. 

 
Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Liberian
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Keywords 
codes of conduct
Election Management Body