NEC, Political Parties Bolster Ties-Sign MOUFeb 22, 2016
The National Elections Commission (NEC) and registered political parties in the country have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at encouraging and promoting consensus building between and among political parties and the Commission. It is being channeled through a 2005 institutional framework known and referred to as the Inter-Party Consultative Committee (IPCC).
The MOU also provides the platform for structured and multi-party dialogue between political parties and the NEC on issues relating to the conduct of elections and the general electoral environment as well as advance the efforts of the IPCC by establishing an inter-party dialogue environment for political parties.
Under the terms of the MOU, political parties and the Commission will identify the gaps in the laws and procedures governing the electoral process and adopt a consultative and proactive approach in making suggestions for improvements.
The Inter-Party Consultative Committee will seek support from local and international partners in order to build the capacity of Liberian Political parties and promulgate a new code of conduct which will guide the behavior of political parties and their supporters before, during, and after elections.
Also under the terms of the MOU, each political party will be represented at the IPCC by two executive committee members, one of whom must be a female; meetings of the IPCC would be held once every two months in a non-election years and once a month during an election years.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said one of the critical responsibilities is the commitment to the management of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections and the development of appropriate strategies or platform to interact with and increase collaboration between with political parties.
“it is in this regard that the NEC, in its six-year strategic plan (2012-2018) identified as one of its pillars, the strengthening of political parties and their relations with the Commission, aimed at enhancing the integrity of our electoral process” the NEC Boss.
Counselor Korkoya indicated that since its establishment, the IPCC has served as a useful tool for conflict management and information sharing between and among political parties on the one hand and the political parties and the Commission on the other.
In separate remarks, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General Farid Zarif and the European Union Ambassador to Liberia,Tina Intelmann stressed the importance of articles 4.3 and 7.2 of the MoU which require that registered political parties representation to the IPCC meet a gender balance of one female and one male, both of whom shall be executive members and that all decisions by the IPCC be made public to the Liberian people.Contact
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