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Date:14 Aug 2012
Sierra Leone: National Electoral Commission Prepares ahead of November Elections

According to the National Electoral Commission Official of Sierra Leone, Raymond George, plans are far advanced to effectively hold three elections comprising of local, parliamentary and presidential polls.

So far, five political parties are officially recognised to contest the upcoming elections. These parties include the ruling All People’s Party( APC )and the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).The other relatively small parties also contesting the elections are the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as well as the most recently registered party, the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

After a three-month voter registration exercise which was conducted in January 2012 using 800 biometric machines worth 18.6 million U.S. dollars, the commission ‘has a lot of work to do in educating voters about the biometric process considering the fact that 70 per cent of voters are illiterate’. Raymond George added

Incumbent President, Ernest Koroma has pledged to track down those involved in recent political violence saying he would ask the International Criminal Court in The Hague to closely monitor Sierra Leone as it heads towards the 2012 vote to ensure the elections takes off peacefully.


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