Sierra Leone is on course to conduct its fourth, post-war, Presidential and Legislative elections. To support free, fair and peaceful elections, the Standing Together for Democracy Consortium, on Thursday officially launched the campaign “Leave no one behind campaign,” at the AYV compound.
The campaign, according to the consortium leader, Momoud Idriss Tarawalie, is to ensure inclusive political participation of all groups especial vulnerable groups.
Tarawalie underscored the need for an inclusive political participation for a developed Sierra Leone.
“The public engagement is an important part of the country’s governance strengthening.” Tarawalie stated. “This will largely determine the country’s path to full recovery, political stability and socio-economic development after the Ebola.”
Tarawalie also emphasised the need to reach out would-be registrants that are still unregistered.
Marcella Samba Sesay, Chairperson, National Elections Watch, informed the public about the Consortium observations on the initial 28 days period of the National Civil and Voter Registration process.
Sesay furthered on the challenges among inter-agency bodies with the National Electoral Commission.
Logistical challenges on the part of NEC and NRA, densely populated centres with malfunction equipment, long distance between registration centres, political interference, Sesay noted, are some of the major challenges observed during the 28-day period.
The consortium also noted the extra measure, “lockdown” to forcefully register potential voters as a violation of the right to movement.
While calling on the public to respect the constitutional mandate of NEC, the consortium also called for the availability public voter registration data in the interest of fairness and electoral credibility.
By Sylvia Villa
Friday April 21, 2017.