Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operating in Liberia will no longer collect donors’ funding and misuse it, the International Foundation for Electoral System’s (IFES) Senesee G. Freeman, National Program Manager, has warned.
Addressing a two-day workshop organized by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for CSOs on the upcoming Special Senatorial Election, Mr. Freeman stressed his organization’s focus on monitoring every funding thru NEC to CSOs. He maintained that IFES will be rigid and robust in making sure that every cent provided by NEC’s partners towards CSOs are properly managed in order to benefit the larger population of the country.
“CSOs collecting money from NEC and partners will be held accountable if the voters’ education campaign we hired them for is not done properly. We expect that CSOs will monitor these projects that are to be implemented by voter-educators and make certain they are done correctly, “Mr. Freeman indicated.
IFES was amongst NEC’s several partners who spoke at the two-day forum held for CSOs.
The forum brought together about 45 CSOs for each training session.
Also speaking, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Kokorya stressed the importance of the voters’ education process in election.
He maintained that working with CSOs to improve this aspect of our work remains critical to the commission.
The NEC boss lauded the efforts of their partners and the National Government for the support to the commission and election- related issues in the country.
Cllr. Kokorya then encouraged the CSOs to take ownership of the project and perform their duties with love of country in mind.
The intent of the programs was to educate SCOs on their responsibilities in dealing with the voters’ education process.
NEC is expected to hold elections for the seats of 15 senators whose respective positions have been declared vacant according to the Constitution of Liberia.
The election for these 15 senators is the first election held and managed by the National Election Commission in Liberia in recent times.