23rd September 2017
68 % Sierra Leoneans Think the NEC will Count Their Votes Fairly Come 2018
By a press release (26/05/17)
Ahead of the 2018 elections, below are 10 findings from Sierra Leone Election Consortium Report that every potential voter must see and read.
I1. Voters’ levels of trust in their leaders are low. About 65.9% of respondents either have no trust, or just a little trust in their local councillors. (Pictured: NEC headquarters in Freetown). Respondents in strongholds have more faith in their councillors than those in competitive and swing areas.
2. The top five needs voters want the next government to focus on are: 1) access to clean water, (2) livelihoods and jobs, (3) the economy, (4) healthcare and (5) education.
3. Majority of Sierra Leoneans (almost 80%) want politicians (councillors, MPs and President) to declare their assets before being sworn in to office.
4. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) enjoys considerable trust and confidence, as 68 % of Sierra Leoneans believe that NEC will count their votes fairly.
5. At least 46% of respondents did not see or hear the results of the polling centres where they voted in 2012.
6. Only 40 % of respondents believe that the police can provide a secure environment during the election while 48% do not. Police approval rating is higher in districts like Pujehun (81.5%), Kambia (67%) and Bonthe (60%) where crime rate is largely low overall, as well as in districts that are ruling party strongholds: Tonkolili (75.5%) and Bombali (69.4%).
7. Roughly 24% of Sierra Leoneans claim that they have seen or heard a political candidate engage in giving money or gifts for votes.
8. Over 80% of women are ready to vote for women candidates for parliamentary and presidential positions. However, an overwhelming 77.7 % of respondents state that will not vote for persons with disabilities as president.
9. Nearly 80% of Sierra Leoneans state that an election can make a difference in the way Sierra Leone is governed.
10. Based on presidential election trends of 2002, 2007 and 2012, the research classified Sierra Leone’s 14 districts as follows: A) Swing districts: -Western Urban, Western Rural and Kono.
(B) Competitive Districts:- Kailahun, Kambia, Koinadugu and Moyamba; and (C) Stronghold Districts of the ruling APC or the opposition SLPP:- Bo, Bombali, Bonthe, Kenema, Port Loko, Pujehun and Tonkolili.