May 8, 2017 By Regina Pratt
A baseline survey conducted by Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), on citizens’ knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) towards politics, has revealed that 79.3% of citizens called on politicians to declare their assets before they are sworn into office.
The report was launched on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017, at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown. The study was conducted for two reasons including understanding the knowledge, attitudes and practice for the Sierra Leone electorates regarding various aspects of the electoral process including registration, campaigning, balloting to post-election stability.
The study was also meant to present citizens’ policy priorities to political actors for party manifestos.
The report was structured into five thematic sections which include readiness for elections, citizen’s knowledge, attitude and practice towards politics, excluded social groups in the electoral process, women, youths and people with disability, violence and elections and citizen’s policy priorities.
Making a PowerPoint presentation, the IGR team, comprising the IGR’s Executive Director, Andrew T. Lavali, and the Research Director, Dr. Fredline M’Cormack-Hale, said 79.3% of respondents wanted politicians to publish and declare their assets before they are sworn into office.
“These results were a national study of qualitative and quantitative data collection throughout March, 2017. We used presidential elections results from 2002, 2007 and 2012 to assign Sierra Leone’s 14 districts into three strata, namely swing, competitive and strongholds of political parties,” the IGR team said.
The team said the report revealed that many respondents in the KAP study have called on politicians to do so in order to be accountable and transparent in governance.
“This underscores the asset declaration which has long been championed by the ACC. If we cannot declare the assets of politicians, we cannot fight corruption,” the IGR team quoted the finding of the report.