ECSL

Electoral Commission For Sierra Leone

PRESS STATEMENT ON PROCUREMENT OF VR EQUIPMENT

The attention of the Electoral Commission has been drawn to some misinformed allegations against the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) regarding the procurement of voter registration equipment and systems.

The ECSL is therefore making the following clarifications:

· The ECSL carried out two separate and distinct procurement activities using the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) processes with regards to:

· Supply of 2,000 high-specifications laptop computers of 2 terabyte storage capacity and accessories including 2,000 fingerprint scanners, 2,000 USB drives, 2000 laptop carrying boxes etc.

· Supply of voter registration software to verify and confirm registrants who present themselves for voter registration by using biometric authentication.

· Supply of 1,850 portable solar-powered generators.

· The ICB procurement processes required international bidders not registered in Sierra Leone to provide evidence of business partnerships with businesses that are registered in Sierra Leone. Local bidders who are registered and based in Sierra Leone were not required to meet this requirement.

· The ECSL ensured that the evaluation of bids received followed the standard procurement stages of evaluation:

o Preliminary evaluation

o Technical evaluation

o Financial evaluation

· The ECSL further ensured that only bids that had successfully gone through the Preliminary and Technical evaluations were allowed to be evaluated at the financial evaluation stage.

· At the Financial evaluation stage, the ECSL selected the ‘Most Responsive Bidder’ with the lowest price for the above-mentioned procurement activities.

· As a mandatory requirement, National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) endorsed the evaluation decisions of ECSL regarding the above-mentioned procurement activities. The NPPA reviewed the entire procurement processes and approved the evaluation decisions of ECSL with the issuance of No Objection clearance.

· The ECSL has received all the items as specified in the above-mentioned procurement activities. (Laptop computers, scanners, USB drives, voter registration software and portable solar-powered generators).

· The ECSL also ensured that the ‘ECSL’ inscription is clearly engraved on all 2,000 laptop computers supplied.

The ECSL re-assures the public of its commitment to uphold its Guiding Principles and to continue to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations regarding its procurement activities.

Endorsed by the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone

Dated 19th September 2022

Press Statement on Procurement of VR Equipment.pdf

MESSAGE TO VOTERS

  1. It is your civic right and responsibility to register and vote in elections.
  2. Come out and register from 3rd September to 4th October 2022 to enable you to vote in the June 24, 2023 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local council elections.
  3. If you don’t register now, you cannot vote.
  4. Disability is not inability; all persons with disabilities are encouraged to come out and register in order to vote in the 2023 elections.
  5. Bring your proof of identity when you come to register.
  6. One Sierra Leone, One Registration, One Identity Card.
  7. Women  are encouraged to come out in numbers to register
  8. Women are also encouraged to contest/vote in the 2023 elections.
  9. Voter registration is from 3rd September to 4th October 2022.
  10. If you will be 18 years or older on the eve of 24th June 2023, come out and register.
  11. Go to the nearest registration centre within your Ward and register between the period 3rd September to 4th October
  12. Registration Centres become Polling Centres on Election Day, so register at a centre in a Ward where you are ordinarily resident.
  13. All Registration Centres will open 7:00a.m to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday/every day
  14. Make sure you collect your registration receipts after you register.
  15. Sierra Leone has a new registration system now; everybody must register again in 2022.
  16. See list of registration centres/polling centres here

please check regularly for date of exhibition and id cards distribution

Thank you for registering!!

ECSL will announce exhibition and id cards distribution dates

Note that after registration is completed on 4th Oct, there will be exhibition and distribution of ID cards. During this time, you can verify to ensure that your correct info is on the voter register.

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