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Civil Society NDThe Annual General Assembly of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSOCL) has ended in Kakata, Margibi County with the re-election of its National Chairperson, Madam Frances R.D. Greaves for a second term in office.

A press release issued by the Council says other officers elected are Mr. Prince D. Kreplah, National Vice Chairman; Madam Emma Y. Boldoe, Treasurer; Mr. James Tellewoyan and Magnus M. Marvey, Executive members-at-large and Martha Treh, Region #2 Coordinator.

Also elected on white ballots include Mr.Omasco Kamara, Region#1 Coordinator; Madam Felecia F.D. Duncan, Region#3 Coordinator; George Johnson, Region# 4 Coordinator, and Mr. NyandehSieh, Region #5Coordinator, respectively.

The Annual General Assembly which was held under the theme: “CSO, a cardinal pillar for Liberia future: Transforming the Civil Space” was attended by the European Union Ambassador to Liberia, representatives of UNDP, the Governance Commission, the chairman of the Land Commission, Action Aid Country Director, the Executive Director of Liberia Peace Building Office and over 100 civil society organizations drawn from the 15 counties of Liberia based on electoral college.

According to a six-man Election Committee headed by Mrs. Roseline R. Toweh, Executive Director of the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), out of 99 votes, Madam Greaves defeated her archrival Mr. Daniel Towelid73 to 23 votes, while Mr. Prince Kreplah defeated Madam Marion M.S. Namely58 to 36 votes for the post of Vice Chairman.
Madam Emma Blodoe defeated encumber Treasurer Mr. Benjamin Tarnue 57 to 31 votes, while Madam Martha Treh defeated James Roberts and Friday Crusor 36 votes, and Mr. NyandehSieh, George Johnson, Felicia F.D. Duncan, Omasco Kamara and James Tellewoyan were voted on white ballots respectively.

In a six-count resolution, the assembly recommitted itself to take steps necessary to strengthen civil society engagement in Liberia’s political, social, economic, human and infrastructural growth and development.

The assembly resolved to improve the level of cooperation and networking within the civil society sector and remain engaged to strengthening the council and address existing challenges.

The assembly further agreed to engage in meaningful initiatives in collaboration with the Government of Liberia, relevant national and international partners for the purpose of transforming the civic space and create a framework for onward collaboration amongst civil society and other relevant stakeholders through capacity building, effective coordination, monitoring, evaluation and advocacy programs.

In its resolution, the assembly also resolved to take steps leading to the enhancement of governance, accountability, transparency and participation within civil society. The delegates also mandated the council to remain engaged with the Government of Liberia and all relevant stakeholders, especially the Independent National Commission on Human Rights for the purpose of curtailing abuses of human rights and other violations in Liberia in the face of UNMIL drawdown. -Press Release

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