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The Co-Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Sarah Toe has challenged Registered Political Parties in Liberia to ensure that Women constitute thirty percent or more in the listing of Candidates during the nomination period for the October 2017 Presidential and Representative elections.

Cllr. Toe said the Commission will not accept any Political Party that does not present a listing of thirty percent or more women candidates during the nomination period slated for June 19 to the 11th of July 2017.

The Co-Chairperson of NEC said this mandate is based on chapter 4.5 (b), of the new election laws which says that political parties or coalition in their submission to the Commission of the list of candidates for the ensuing election should endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates contain no less than 30% of its members from each gender.

Cllr. Toe spoke of the need to have more women representation in the 54th National Legislature, and wants political parties to demonstrate the will to do so, adding that the Commission will insist that all parties present a list of 30% or more representation of women during the nomination period of the October 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in Liberia.

The Co-Chairperson of the National Elections Commission spoke over the weekend in Ganta City, Nimba County at the start of a two-day Election Stakeholders Consultation, under the theme, Increasing Women Participation in Elections.

The two-day Election Stakeholders Consultation organized by the NEC was held in collaboration with a number of election partners including the European Union, the Government of Sweden and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Nearly 100 persons from 19 Registered Political Parties including, the Unity and Liberty Parties, Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Truth Whig Party (TWP), United Peoples Party (UPP), All Liberia Party (ALP) and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) as well as Civil Society Organizations representatives and local and International Gender Facilitators from the NEC and UNDP participated in the Stakeholders Consultation. 

In a brief remark the representative from the UNDP Technical Elections Assistance Office in Liberia, J. Roosevelt Zayzay Sr. promised the continued support of the UNDP and Partners toward ensuring equal access for men and women to participate in all of the electoral processes in the country.


The National Program Officer of UNDP Election Program in Liberia said the UNDP and Partners are keen on ensuring equal participation of all during the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in Liberia as demonstrated with the support of the Stakeholders Consultation.

At the close of the two-day Election Stakeholders Consultation, the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the NEC, Atty. Nathan P. Garbie promised that the Commission will implement all of the recommendations coming from the meeting.

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