Political parties and the National Elections Commission supported by UNDP and international partners meet to review performance of the Inter-Party Consultative Committee.
Political parties and the National Elections Commission are organising a two-day review of the Inter-Party Consultative Committee’s performance during the 2017 general elections to identify important lessons learnt to shape the future work of the committee.
This committee is a crucial information-sharing platform for stakeholders and acts to build consensus on electoral issues between political parties and reduce the potential for conflict.
The event is supported by international partners through the UNDP managed project, ‘Support to the 2015-2018 Liberia Elections Cycle’, that is a partnership between the National Elections Commission, United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Sweden, Ireland and Canada with a fund of USD 16 million, to strengthen the conduct of elections in Liberia. It is being held in cooperation with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Key decision makers from all registered political parties in Liberia are invited to attend the review that aims to develop a roadmap and workplan for this platform. The platform serves as the primary interface between political parties and the National Elections Commission. The meeting is being held on 5 and 6 June in Ganta, where the political parties drafted an agreement to commit to a peaceful 2017 elections.
Support to the 2015-2018 Liberian Electoral Cycle project was established in order to strengthen the capacity of the National Election Commission (NEC) to successfully carry out electoral process within the 2015-2018 electoral cycle. Among other objectives, it introduced modern administrative systems and procedures, enhanced communications and public outreach, supported voter registration and election results management process. In addition, the project seeks to enhance the participation of women in the elections and in political activities, support civic and voter education and strengthen NEC’s capacity to engage with the stakeholders and resolve electoral disputes. The project is supported by the European Union (10.85 million USD), Sweden (2,757,039 USD), UNDP (1 million USD), Canada (749,625 USD) and Ireland (568,828 USD).