Consortium, CSO End Post Election Sessions

 

By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara

Search for Common Ground and Standing Together for Democracy Consortium – Sierra Leone has ended a joint post-election session for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), election management bodies and the security sector at the Saint Anthony’s Hall on Syke Street in Freetown. The purpose of the session was, to, among other things, to reflect and discuss lessons learned from the March 2018 national elections.

The Team Leader for Standing Together for Democracy Consortium, Dr. Mamoud Idriss Tarawallie said the Consortium embarked on a range of activities in support of the electoral process in Sierra Leone including, among others things, public policy development, dialogue and elections observation. He said the essence of the joint post-election lesson, learning session was to discuss among themselves what they did and what they did not do in the 2018 national elections and the possible way forward for the 2023 national elections.

The Executive Secretary at National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mr. Ado Davies said the Commission was faced with many challenges such as not conducting the Local Council election in 2016; boundary delimitation, missing data which was later retrieved, funding for the printing of ballot papers and the provision of biometric identity cards.

On his part, the Outreach Officer and Spokesperson at the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), Mr. Lucian Momoh said, the Commission conducted an intra-political dialogue immediately after the 2012 national elections in which, he said, they were able to deliberate on several issues and developed strategic plan in ensuring a peaceful 2018 national elections.

He however confessed that the Commission was somehow disappointed in political parties for not honouring the communiqué that was signed to discourage hate speeches in their campaign trails.