MONROVIA – As the country approaches the electoral season this year, the National Elections Commission (NEC), and partners the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Electoral Support Office in Liberia, Thursday, January 5, 2023, began rolling out the last phase of awareness on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), for Security Agencies and the Media in Elections in Tubmanburg, Bomi County with funding from the governments of Sweden and Ireland.
A statement issued from the Commission and signed by Mr. Prince Dunbar, Deputy Director of Communications said, the first, second, and third phases of the SOPs have been rolled out in Ganta, Gbarnga, and Buchanan Cities.
The statement further said, the SOPs also emphasize the role of female journalists and law enforcement officers in electoral violence prevention and Peacebuilding.
According to the NEC, the main objectives of the Standard Operating Procedures are to provide guidance regarding the roles, responsibilities and specific mandates of both security personnel and the media on Election Day.
The SOPs seek to facilitate communications between the security agents and the journalists and the understanding of conflict-sensitive reporting and rights to access information.