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NEC gives 245 permits to civil society outfits

THE National Election Commission (NEC), has issued 245 permits to civil societies organisations to offer education ahead of the October-scheduled General Election.

The Commission  has also endorsed 97 organisations to participate as observers in the elections.

Speaking to the 'Daily News', the Director for Elections at NEC, Dr Wilson Charles, said the selected organisations met the criteria set by the commission, stressing that they must submit their work timetable on time.

He added that the timetable must indicate  the exact date of commencing their activities and should list  the names of staff who would participate in the programmes.

“These organisations are also supposed to exercise transparency by disclosing their  source of funds for running the said programmes,” he said.

He said NEC received a lot of applications from different organisations but some did not meet the required criteria set by NEC.

Dr Charles clarified that in their proposals, some organizations showed interest of offering civic education to people but the commission had invited organisations that focus on elections-related education.

He added that some organisations failed to provide audited reports and set their  responsibilities in clear perspective.

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