ECSL

Electoral Commission For Sierra Leone

Rights and Responsibilities

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As a voter, there are rights and responsibilities that you should know about as you plan to register and cast your vote in general, presidential, and bye elections.

IT IS YOUR RIGHT!!!

Your rights as a voter

Each registered voter in Sierra Leone has the right according to (Section 31, Sierra Leone Constitution 1991, last amended 2008) to:

  • Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted.
  • Cast a vote if he or she is in line before the official closing of the polls in the station she / he registered.
  • Ask for and receive assistance in voting.
  • Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.
  • An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.
  • Written instructions to use when voting, and upon request, oral instructions on voting from elections officers.
  • Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers, observers, or any other person.
  • Vote in a free and fair election.

       Responsibilities

Each eligible Sierra Leonean should:

  • Should register to vote in general, presidential and bye elections.
  • Familiarize him or herself with the candidates and issues.
  • Maintain contact with ECSL district offices to stay update with election information and to ask question about elections.
  • Know the location of his or her polling /registration center and its hours of opening and closing.
  • Bring proper identification to the polling / registration centers.
  • Familiarize himself or herself with the voting and registration procedures.

Responsibilities

Each eligible Sierra Leonean should:

  • Treat registration / polling officers with courtesy.
  • Respect the privacy of other voters.
  • Report any problems or violations of election laws to the supervisor of elections.
  • Ask questions, if needed.
  • Make sure that his registration details are correct and obtain receipt before leaving the registration centers.
  • Make sure that his or her ballot paper is correctly marked and dropped in the ballot box before leaving the polling station.

You may find these links useful

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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