ECONEC dele in Salone to assess election preparedness


July 11, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Group photo comprising head of delegation, his entourage and NEC officials

A delegation from the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is currently in Sierra Leone on an assessment visit as the country braces up for another multitier elections come March 7, 2018.

The delegation, headed by the President of ECONEC Board, who doubles as Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission; Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, would assess the country’s preparedness for the conduct of the 2018 elections.

During a meeting with NEC yesterday, Prof. Yakubu stated that ECONEC was bent on consolidating the conduct of credible elections and democracy in the sub region.

“It is better to come to Sierra Leone with ECONEC than ECOMOG. I want to thank NEC for the work done so far in preparations for the 2018 polls,” he said.

He assured of playing an advocacy role to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and their respective governments for electoral aid to Sierra Leone.

NEC Chairperson, Mohamed Nfah-Alie Conteh said: “We are happy to receive such an institution called ECONEC, to morally and possibly help to assist a sister country plan and conduct credible elections on 7th March 2018.”

He described the visit of ECONEC as timely as they prepare for the conduct of the March 7, 2018 multitier elections.

While in Sierra Leone from 10 to 14 July, 2017, the delegation, which also included two other members from Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, will hold meetings with the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) and representatives from various political parties on the electoral process to far.

Meetings is also expected to be held with the Office of National Security, Independent Media Commission (IMC), Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), National Elections Watch (NEW), civil society organizations,  the judiciary, as well as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara.