The National Elections Commission (NEC) today Launched Six-Years strategic plan of the Institution. The six-years plan which starts July 2018-June 2024 is to help strengthen and guide the operations of the commission.
Giving an overview of the plan, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah said, following the 2017 presidental and legislative Election, the M&E Sector of the Commission with support from partners held a stakeholders workshop on September 8-12, 2018 in Buchanan to review the past work of the Commission from 2012 to 2018. The workshop was to discuss the context of good work done and challenges that had bearing on it near 100% delivery and achievement of its strategic goal from 2012 to 2018 which was “To contribute to the consolidation and nurturing of Liberia’s nascent democracy through the consistent and effective delivery of free, fair and credible elections at national and local levels”. Madad Dvidetta continue, the meeting identified five strategic pillars, Legal Frame Work, Electoral Stakeholders, Elections Education and Public Information, Institutional Strengthening and Electoral Operations. She added that, early planning and early information to government and partners to fund elections in Liberia will go a long way in successful implementation and believed that NEC Staffs are prepared to deliver. Serving as chief launcher, Cllr. Sarah Toe said, the Strategic Plan launched has help the Commission to clarify the sets of goals and strategies that reflect the commission changing external and internal environment, considering the roles and expectations of stakeholders and how the goals in alignment and directed toward fulfilling the mission of NEC and enhancing it effectiveness. Cllr. Sarah continue that, the past years brought changes to conducting elections in Liberia and promised to intensify operations as a result of rapid advances in technology, economic variables, electoral law reform and evolving expectation of citizens and other stake holders. She said, NEC guided by its strategic plan for the period 2012 to 2018 successfully met most of the challenges of the last electoral cycle with the conduct of several elections from 2014 to 2017 and other By-elections. Cllr. Toe also said, having successfully implemented the 2012 to 2018 strategic plan, the commission needed to reappraise its strategy to ensure that it remain relevant to evolving the needs of the institution, stake holders and the Liberian electorate. The second and third quarters of 2018 conducted series of consultations and held internal discussions to reassess the purpose of the commission, analyze and determine the challenges we currently faced and the opportunities available to us, the result of these multiple efforts is our new six-year strategic plan, it builds upon the undertaken over the past years to envision strategic direction for 20118 to 2024 upon the achievement realized in implementing the 2012 to 2018 plan , Cllr Sarah Toe noted. Cllr. Toe added that, the document reflect a consensus on the realignment of the major areas where NEC must focus its attention and build on the significant already made and continue that the plan unfolds two levels. 1. Valuing and developing NEC workers and their professional skills, engendering a culture of excellence, fairness, respect and collaboration with the aim of being recognize as an outstanding organizing. 2. NEC have reaffirmed her commitment to the Liberian people, promote public awareness on electoral matters to foster confidence and increase public participation. Cllr. Sarah Toe finally extended thanks and appreciation to the government and partners both internal and external on behalf of NEC. The program was well attended by political parties, the Media and local and international partners.