Members of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) are getting ready for the organization’s annual General Assembly (GA) to elect new leadership, according to the Ad Hoc Electoral Committee, which has developed guidelines.

This upcoming GA of the Council will be held in Zwedru, Grand County, from December 14–17. People who will be elected run the organization for the next three years.

“This year’s GA will run from the 14th to the 17th of December, 2022, in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, and elections will be held for the below positions on Friday, December 16, 2022,” stated the committee.

The ensuing GA is in reference to Article 9 of the organization’s Constitution, crafted on August 16, 2012, and notarized, which demands the hosting of an annual general assembly.

“On Friday, December 16, 2022, delegates who have been properly approved by the National Civil Society Council to attend the GA will be able to take part in the elections and vote,” it said.

According to the guidelines released by the ad hoc committee, positions to be contested for include chairperson, co-chair, treasurer, five regional coordinators, and two memberships at-large.

But the guideline says that anyone who wants to be chair or co-chair must have a master’s degree or be working toward one in any field. They must also send a photocopy of their degree or proof that they are working toward a master’s degree along with an application letter to the election body by December 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. or earlier.

The ad hoc electoral committee stated that delegate(s) will be disqualified or denied based on failure by the organization he or she represents to attend the GA and proof that the institution has not been engaged and involved with the Council’s activities over the past two years (2020 and 2021) and has not been accredited by the Council.

The committee indicated that delegates would also be disqualified if their member organization has not registered with the council and doesn’t have any physical offices or if that organization cannot be recognized or located in the county of domicile.

“Delegates will also be disqualified if the activities of the organization are not visible in any public space in the county of domicile,” the committee, among other things, added.

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