NEC Signs Code of Conduct with CSOs

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The National Elections Commission (NEC) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have signed the Revised Code of Conduct (COC) for CSOs desirous of conducting civic voter education for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.

The COC sets the standards and core values all CSOs must adhere to in order to operate lawfully in Liberia.

“It is recommended for wider usage as a standard of self-regulation and sets a benchmark that can be used for self-scrutiny and evaluation,” NEC said in a statement.

The signing of the Revised COC took place Friday, July 15, at the close of a two-day workshop for national CSOs involved in electoral activities in Liberia.

The Code, which was crafted in 2013 by NEC and the CSOs, was signed by representatives of pro-democracy organizations, persons with disabilities, faith-based organizations, women and youth organizations.

More than 100 participants, representing community and faith-based CSOs, as well as assistant elections magistrates from the 15 counties, attended the workshop.

Meanwhile, the Commission will on July 20, commence the accreditation for CSOs that are desirous of delivering Civic/Voter Education services to all stakeholders in the country.

The accreditation will take place at the headquarters of the Commission in Monrovia and the 19 elections magisterial offices across the country.

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