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Sierra Leone News: NEC Chair release another books on elections in Sierra Leone

N'fah-Alie Conteh

N’fah-Alie Conteh

Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh, Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairman of the National Electoral Commission, has written three new books covering different aspects of the electoral process in Sierra Leone.
Conteh said he was inspired to pen the three books because there is a lack of written material covering elections in Sierra Leone. “Knowledge is power. You need to know the facts before you jump into politics,” he said. “Since I joined the commission, it’s very difficult to actually get elections-related materials.”
The three books will be about, respectively, the Paramount Chief system and its electoral process, a history of the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone between 1961 and 2010, and an introduction to the management of elections in Sierra Leone.
The book on the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone will trace its history, development and transformation into an independent body, and the details about how it works, Conteh said. It’s his hope that the books will be useful for politicians, elections staffers and the general reader alike.
For politicians, he said, “they need to know exactly the status quo, what has happened in the past, lessons learned.” Conteh’s aim is that the books can also serve as useful background information for the people who work in elections, and that general readers can learn about the history of their country from reading them.
The books will be published in Germany, but physical copies won’t be available in Sierra Leone, though they will be available online, Conteh said.
Tuesday July 26, 2016

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