NEC Begins Nationwide Awareness On Electoral Laws

A Seven-man technical delegation from the National Elections Commission (NEC) leaves the capital Sunday for Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County to begin a two-week nation-wide awareness campaign on Electoral Law Reform in Liberia.

The Electoral Law Reform sensitization and awareness campaign by the NEC come from several recommendations from the 2017 Presidential Elections advanced to the Commission by Elections Stakeholders including Civil Society organizations, Political Parties as well as international observers and partners. The program is in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programs, UNDP elections support in Liberia.

According to the Elections Management Body, EMB of Liberia, following the two-week national consultation on electoral law reform, a national validation process will be launched to compile a bill for enactment by the Legislature drawing from several propositions that will be developed by the National Elections Commission.

A statement from NEC on Friday 14 June 2019 said its technical delegation will on next Tuesday, 18 June 2019 begin phase one of the electoral law reform campaigns in Zwedru through open engagements with, from several stakeholders from Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee Counties.

According to the statement from NEC, phase two of the electoral law reform awareness campaign with stakeholders from Bong, Lofa, and Nimba Counties begins on Thursday, 20 June 2019 in Gbarnga City to be followed by phase three on Monday, 24 June 2019 for stakeholders from Grand Bassa, River Cess, and Margibi Counties and that phase four which marks the end of the awareness campaign in Tubmanburg, Bomi, on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 will include stakeholders from Gbarpolu, and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

The NEC says it is anticipated that nearly 500 stakeholders from around the country including Paramount Chiefs, District Commissioners, Representatives from Professional Institutions, Women and Youth groupings, the Physically Challenged organizations and the Business Community will fully participate the two-week electoral law reform.

The seven-man NEC technical team headed by Atty. Nathan P. Garbie, Deputy Executive Director for Programs, Directors Paul Wreh-Wilson, CVE, Jappah Nah, Deputy Field Coordination, Atty. James Wallace, Training and Procedures and Administrative Assistant Sekor Soko-Sackor, will discuss several laws that were difficult to implement during the 2017 Presidential elections not limited to Voter Registration, Hearing and adjudication of electoral disputes, Nomination Procedures and the law controlling Domicile among others.

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