Peter Penfold Commends First Time Voters


By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The erstwhile British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone during the war years, Komrabai Peter Penfold has commended the performance of first-time voters in the just concluded presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.

It could be recalled that over six hundred thousand first-time voters registered during the voter registration conducted by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in May last year. Tens of thousands of them reportedly took part in the electoral process using the social media as their main political platform.

In an exclusive interview with The Exclusive, the former British High Commissioner said he was impressed with the attitude of first-time voters despite they were inadequately educated on the voting process.

According to His Excellency Peter Penfold, there were fears that most of the first-time voters would not understand the process because of the negative use of the social media, adding that this is the first election Sierra Leone has conducted in the social media era.

Komrabai Penfold also noted that the performance exhibited by first-time voters was far much better than their counterparts in other parts of the world.

He advised the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and other election stakeholders to pay much attention to educating first-time voters in future elections. The erstwhile British High Commissioner however commended NEC for successfully conducting the 7th March national elections, noting that there were adequate voting materials for the electorate.

He also commended the security apparatuses for providing watertight security throughout the electioneering process.