Sierra Leone’s Electoral commission retrains staff ahead of presidential run-off


The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has commenced cascade retraining of its 84,000 electoral staff for the delivery of successful and credible presidential run-off election, scheduled for March 27.

A statement issued by spokesman for ECOWAS Observers Mission, Mr Paul Ejime in Freetown disclosed that Senior NEC officials including Commissioner Miatta French went round the training centres on Thursday

It quoted French as stressing the need for professionalism by the electoral officials.

It noted that at the YWCA Training Institute, Brookfields, Freetown, French advised the trainees to discharge their duties with the highest sense of responsibility.

“The training is taking place against the backdrop of a statement by NEC on Wednesday alleging “unwarranted” entry into its premises and random interrogation of its staff by the police.”

Informed sources said a national emergency security meeting was expected to take place on Thursday to address electoral security issues ahead of the run-off poll.

The runoff is between the flag bearers of the opposition candidate, Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone’s Peoples Party (SLPP) and Samura Kamara of ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) .

It also disclosed that from the results of 125 of the 132 contested parliamentary seats released by NEC, the SLPP has 63 seats; APC 46; Coalition for Change (C4C) 08; National Grand Coalition (NGC) 04.

It added that for the first time in the country’s history the parliament would have four independent members of parliament (MPs).