February 27, 2018
Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone, Sunil Saigal, on Monday, 26th February handed over ballot papers to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) ahead of the March 7th Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections.
Sunil Saigal presented the ballot papers to NEC Chairperson, Mohamed N’fa Conteh, in the presence of political parties and candidates, observers, media, and international donors who have provided technical assistance to the Commission.
According to the Resident Representative, “Elections enable peaceful political transitions, so every ballot cast is a vote for peace. In this respect, voting is an act of great power – and contributes to shaping the future of the nation.”
The UN has partnered with NEC since the end of the civil war, and for these elections, the UNDP is helping to improve NEC’s capacity to administer technically sound, inclusive and sustainable electoral processes; to garner public trust and confidence; and expand democratic awareness and participation – with particular attention to the participation of women and persons living with disabilities.
The support is funded by the governments of Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Union.