NEC Examines Mid-term Performance

Apr 30, 2016

The review of the strategic plan comes at the time when the Commission is preparing for the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has been examining mid-term performance of key objectives outlined in its six-year (2012-2018) strategic plan, at a review meeting held in Buchanan Grand Bassa County April 26-29 2016.

The primary objective of the workshop was to help the Commission determine which key directions of the strategic plan was in line with current realities and which needed revision. It covered Legal Framework, Electoral Stakeholders engagement, Civic/Voters’ Education, Public Information, Institutional Strengthening and Electoral Operations.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the NEC, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, recognized the importance of the review process and stated that while NEC has succeeded in achieving many of the strategic objectives to date, the Commission did not have a comprehensive monitoring mechanism to regularly track performances.

The Chairman also thanked and appreciated the Government of Liberia as well as International partners for the support and commitment to see democracy flourish in Liberia.

The review of the strategic plan comes at the time when the Commission is preparing for the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.

Speaking on behalf of the European Union, the Head of Cooperation Section I – First Counsellor, Manuel Iglesias emphasized that proper response of the NEC to challenges linked to the electoral cycle is a crucial factor in conducting free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.

“This response must take into consideration, Liberia’s current economic situation in order to be effective and efficient” Iglesias noted.

He stated that the EU takes special interest in gender equality and therefore called upon the Commission to integrate and mainstream gender at all levels of NEC processes and activities.

The EU First Counselor also pointed out that his Organization is committed to continued support to Liberia’s Election Programme being implemented by UNDP. The European Union has provided 10million Euros to improve electoral processes and institutions in Liberia. 

The UNDP Governance Team Leader, Nessie Golakai-Gould acknowledged on behalf of UNDP, NEC’s effort to take a careful look at its strategies in preparation for the upcoming 2017 elections.

Ms. Gould added that UNDP remains committed to supporting the NEC in delivering credible elections in Liberia.

On his part, the Chief of Party of the International Foundation for Elections System (IFES), Parivinder Singh reminded participants that the Strategic Plan is the base of any activity, project, institute or organization.

“A strong, practical and coherent strategic plan ensures the successful implementation of programme activities” Singh intimated.

The Review Meeting was designed to guide the Commission in identifying the best approaches needed to carry out its mandate and achieve its objectives of conducting credible elections in Liberia.

It was jointly sponsored by UNDP Election Project with funding from development partners like the EU, IFES, USAID etc. and facilitated by an international facilitator, Antonio Spineli.

Contact

For further information, contact:

George Baratashvili-Chief Technical Adviser/Election Project-george.baratashvili@undp.org

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

 

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