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Electoral Commission For Sierra Leone

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European Union, Ireland and UNDP sign Agreements to support Peaceful Conduct of the 2023 Elections in Sierra Leone

9 November 2022-Freetown: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone, the Embassy of Ireland in Sierra Leone, and the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone (EU) have signed the financial and contribution agreements to support the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) of Sierra Leone and other stakeholders in the preparation and conduct of peaceful and inclusive elections.

In accordance with these agreements, Ireland and the EU will contribute €1.5 million and €1 million, respectively, to the electoral basket fund managed under UNDP’s election project "Fostering Peaceful, Credible and Inclusive Elections in Sierra Leone 2022-2023." UNDP’s own contribution to the project will total US$4.5 million.

During the signing event, the Resident Representative of UNDP Sierra Leone, Pa Lamin Beyai, stated, "Credible and inclusive Elections are the cornerstone of democratic governance and contribute to consolidating development efforts. The UNOP Election Basket fund will support strengthening the capacities of Electoral Management Bodies and enhance inclusive political participation and representation, mostly for women, youth, and people living with disabilities.11

Within two years, the Project will provide technical assistance to the EMBs to conduct credible and inclusive elections in Sierra Leone in line with national legislation, international electoral

• standards, and good practice.

Speaking at today’s event Ireland’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Claire Buckley, stated, "Ireland is a committed partner to Sierra Leone. We are glad to support credible and inclusive elections through the UNOP Election Basket Fund. The project puts a focus on transparency and ensuring that all eligible citizens are informed and engaged in the electoral processes. Voter education, information sharing and monitoring of misinformation will be critical to ensuring that peaceful, credible and inclusive elections take place. We look forward to further stakeholder engagement on these principles."

The project will focus its support on programmes aimed at raising public awareness about elections and strengthening the capacity of national institutions responsible for adjudicating electoral complaints, providing electoral security and respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The project will also support the organization of training and mentoring programmes that will enhance aspiring women candidates’ capacity for their successful engagement in the electoral process.

The Ambassador of the European Union to Sierra Leone, Manuel Muller, reaffirmed that "Today’s event marks yet another contribution of the European Union to support the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone. Trustful, peaceful and inclusive elections are the utmost expression of the will of the people and the most important event in a democracy. The contribution of the

European Union to the UNDP basket fund project also testifies our genuine commitment towards UN-led multilateral activities."

Over the years, UNDP, Ireland, and the EU have contributed significantly to strengthening conditions for peaceful and transparent elections in Sierra Leone. Collaboration with the election management bodies, state institutions, and non-governmental organizations will continue to assist in creating a peaceful environment for all-inclusive and well-informed participation of voters and candidates in a democratic electoral process.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Mohamed A. Kanul Communications Associate, UNDP/ Mobile: +23277245031/ Email: Mohamed.kanu

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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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