25th April 2018
"NEC Officers, with Political Affiliations, will not Work in Run-Off," NEC Assures!
By a press release (21/03/18)
The National Electoral Commission has vowed to disallow NEC workers with political affiliations to work in the March 27 run-off elections.
Reports say following the conduct of the March 7 multi-tier elections, the NEC on Monday March 19 confirmed that stringent measures will be adopted in the upcoming presidential run-off to make sure the elections are free and fair. (Photo: NEC boss Alie Conteh reassuring President Koroma at State House).
NEC was updating President Ernest Bai Koroma on their preparations for the March 27 run-off scheduled to take place between Dr. Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress APC and the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) led by Julius Maada Bio.
During the meeting at State House in Freetown, it was reported that political parties as well as ordinary citizens had raised concerns of widespread irregularities and malpractices during the March 7 polls.
As a result of this, President Koroma stated that it is appropriate to provide updates and address all concerns raised for a peaceful conduct of the second ballot. He pointed out that it is the responsibility of the government to guarantee the security of the state and to ensure a peaceful and smooth transition. The president urged NEC to ensure that the conduct of the elections is transparent, acceptable and at the end of the day reflects the will of the people.
Giving updates on the commission’s preparedness for the run-off election, the Executive Secretary of NEC William Addo Davies disclosed that they had discussed several issues including results management systems through the political parties’ liaison committee, their readiness for the run-off polls, working with the Sierra Leone Police and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and agreement with the Police to provide adequate policing and safety of voting materials and staff.
The discussions also focused on irregularities and electoral malpractices, integrity of NEC staff, security and safety of voting materials, audit of NEC IT systems, detailed reporting and announcement of results, the spate of political violence across the country among other things.
The aforementioned therefore necessitated a unanimous agreement on the following:
• That security personnel must be fully involved in the transportation of voting materials from the airport to polling centres, tally centres down to Freetown;
• That MAC-P to be invoked and the security should take full responsibility involving the security of voting materials and polling staff;
• A comprehensive list to be provided for all security personnel that will be deployed and manning polling centres for justification of voting;
• Provide detailed reporting and adhere to the legal procedure on counting of votes;
• Party agents should be fully involved in the process;
• Results/Reports must be displayed and copies given to the party agents;
• Any presiding officer or NEC staff identified with any political party must not work in the run-off election;
• Improved vehicular restrictions as commercial vehicles will be accredited to park at specific bus stations to convey voters to different polling stations. Allow tricycles "Kekeh" to come out and support the process.
The meeting saw in attendance the vice president, National Electoral Commissioners, including the Chief Electoral Commissioner, the security sector, Office of National Security, several cabinet ministers, and the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC).
Courtesy: By State House Communication Unit
Angry Citizen Writes the Chief Returning Officer of the Electoral Commission!
An angry Sierra Leonean has blasted the National Electoral Commission Chairman Mohamed N'fa Alie Conteh after the March 7 elections.
In the letter below, the citizen accused the NEC boss of failing to serve the country properly especially regarding the announcement of the elections results:
Dear N'fa Alie,
Letter of Concern
I write with heavy heart to draw your attention to the views of citizens with regards the in the coming run-off elections.
I must reiterate the fact that you were seen as a patriotic and neutral person prior to the election, but your manner of approach has triggered a lot of criticisms from the citizens you serve. I must remind you that your monthly salary is always paid with the tax payers money, thus, you are expected to serve them well.
You and I know that the result you pronounced does not reflect the wish of the people. If I can reflect your memory in previous elections, it has never occurred in Sierra Leone for a party to secure the highest number of parliamentarians and secure a lesser number of presidential votes. In 2002, the SLPP secured a maximum with both Parliamentarians and presidential votes, it repeated in 2007 and 2012. One does not need a Bachelor's degree or a master's degree neither does one need a prophecy to know that something unpatriotic happened that led to this outcome. I must also remind you that the future of this country lies in your hands.
Rumours have it that your wife is a member of the opposition Sierra Leones People's Party, and so has been engaging in political activities in the south-east part of the country. We speak that you do not allow any marital connection to influence your judgement.
I want you to know that posterity will judge you and your generations yet unborn if you compromise this process. We demand a free, fair and credible elections.
For now, we are assuming that what happened is not a mistake on your side but a supervisive blunder.
We employ you to use better strategies, you need to include the military and police to take care of the election materials.
Thanks for your cooperation
Francis Kabba Dumbuya
-President Ernest Bai Koroma
-Citizens of Sierra Leone