NEC urges 2018 observer missions to avail reports

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June 27, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

NEC
Director of Externa Relations and Public Outreach at NEC, Albert Massaquoi

Director of External Relations and Public Outreach at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has appealed to agencies and organisations that observed the 2018 multitier elections to make available their reports to the commission.

Albert Massaquoi was speaking yesterday in the conference room of the Civil Service Training College during the official launch of Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone’s special elections report.

Massaquoi urged that observer missions and groups provide the commission with their reports, including findings and recommendations, adding that the commission was currently compiling reports sent in by some observer bodies, as such reports might help NEC planning for the next electoral circle.

“We are currently compiling reports we have received so far from those that observed the elections. We are therefore appealing to agencies and organisations to send us their reports because we may need them in putting together our strategic plan for the next electoral circle,” he said.

Massaquoi commended the HRC-SL for making their report public and assured that the commission would look at it thoroughly, especially the chapters that spoke about successes and challenges, as well as recommendations.

Commenting on the key highlights of the report, Commissioner Rashid Dumbuya said the report was prepared with a human rights perspective.

He said the emergence of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) and the Coalition for Change (C4C) as a third force contributed to the competitiveness of the elections.

“It is important to note that this report is by no means a perfect document and should not be perceived by anyone as a witch-hunting exercise,” he said and added that the report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the polls with the aim of endangering institutional and policy reforms.

Launching the report and newsletter, HRC-SL Chairperson, Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah, stated that they were actively involved in the electioneering process and that several activities undertaken in a bid to enhance a culture of respect for human rights before, during and after the polls.

“ON several occasions, we particularly reminded government of its obligations to maintain peace and security and urged the Sierra Leone Police to execute their work with a deep sense of responsibility,” he said.