SIERRA LEONE, Freetown – On the first day of the voter registration exercise, staff of ECSL exceeded the 5 pm official closure time for registration to 8 pm, meaning more people were registered than expected, which was because the voter registration started on a weekend when most people do not have to go to work.
Speaking to Awoko, while observing the process a female voter registrar confirmed that the crowd during week days are less than the load of registrants on weekends, when both those 18 and over including adults and the aged flock in to be registered.
Lucy Kanneh a pupil at one of the senior secondary schools and a resident of Brookfield’s was excited when she received her voter registration slip, at centre code 16176 confirming her eligibility as a first-time voter.
The aged, pregnant women, lactating mothers as well as the sick were given priority to be registered, while the able-bodied waited patiently in line as ECSL staff struggled with the only available computer to capture the bio-data information of eligible voters. Aminatu Sesay a vegetable seller at Krootown road market mentioned that she should have easily registered at a centre by Kroobay community, but noted she resides at Morgan Lane, Brookfield’s, saying “it is better for me to register nearby my area of residence to make it easy for me on voting day, to vote for candidates of my choice”, she noted.
Displaying his fresh registration slip to confirm he is captured in the ECSL voter register, Bala Conteh, an elderly citizen who resides at Pyke street Brookfield’s told Awoko that all his life since he relocated to Brookfield’s, FSSG has been his voting centre. AC/14/9/2022