In early 2013, the NLF proposed and lead the drafting of the Office of Civic Education and Consultation, the first legal mandate for public education and consultation in the legislation process (excluding the mandate of the High National Election Commission). The project was also supported by the United States Institute for Peace constitutional expert Susan Stigant, and funded by Democracy Reporting International. The legislation was drafted by fifteen of Libya’s most prominent human rights lawyers over seven, half-day sessions and many extended debates as organized by the National Council for Human Rights and Civil Liberties – an independent Libyan council funded by congress.
The Office is designed to address two critical needs in Libya’s democratic transition: 1) Educating the public on democratic process 2) Creating continuous dialogue, and feedback between elected representatives and constituents, and facilitating public consultations on matters relating to voting, elections, constitutional issues, transitional justice, national reconciliation and all proposed legislation. The office will be headquartered in the capitol, with 22 branches around the country.
The Office for Public Education and Consultation is due to be established under the authority of the House of Representatives, and has a nominal independent board.
1. Wide dissemination of Public Education and voter information through various media platforms and through public workshops.
2. Organizing and facilitating consultations between the public and decision makers including constitutional issues, transitional justice, national reconciliation and all other legislative initiatives that have significant impact on citizens.
3. Collect and gather public input through consultations, surveys, focus groups and other means to be presented to decision-makers.
The NLF extends it’s gratitude to all those who volunteered their time and expertise toward this important national campaign. A very special thank you to Abdulhafid Sidoun, Salam Tekbali, and Duncan Pickard for this extraordinary effort.