The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (EC-SL) has said provisionally, about 2,613,655 voters have collected their voter registration cards in ten days.
This according to the EC-SL, represents about 77% of total registered voters and that this figure is provisional as not all Centres were reported on during the process.
Additionally, the Commission said there were 5,205 photo-less registrants, 502 mismatched and 9,061 misplaced voters. Procedures dealing with these cases were strictly followed during the exercise.
These they said include issuing of cards and attestations and relocation voters to their correct registration Centres.
Sunday 16th April 2023 marked the end of the Voter Registration Card Distribution exercise. Throughout the ten-day period, the Commission said the process had been generally peaceful.
The EC-SL further informed that collection of voter registration cards will continue at the various district offices nationwide from Monday 24h April 2023.
In a similar development, the EC-SL has signed contracts with twenty-five Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) to strengthen Electoral Education and Sensitisation on the Proportional Representation System using money donated by ECOWAS.
Similarly, the Commission has hosted a joint delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) who are on a fact-finding mission to Sierra Leone to gauge the level of the electoral and political preparedness of institutions and players for the June 2023 multitier elections.
Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairman for EC-SL, Mohamed K. Konneh used the opportunity to give a general update to the delegation and also made critical clarifications on some of the issues or concerns that were raised by the ECOWAS and AU officials, based on the delegation’s earlier engagements with political parties and other stakeholders on the Electoral Commission’s state of preparedness to conduct the June 2023 elections.