Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) formally recognized Awoko Newspaper and other media houses for their commendable and factual reporting throughout the June 2024 elections.
The recognition event unfolded at the Commission’s Conference Hall immediately following the final announcement of results from the recently concluded Village Headmen elections, marking a historic occasion.
Alongside Awoko Newspaper, several other media houses received accolades for their significant contributions to credible reporting, including the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), African Young Voices (AYV), the Society for Radio Democracy, RISE Radio, Sky Radio, Star Radio, Calabash Newspaper, Concord Times Newspaper, Nyapui Radio, among others.
This recognition comes on the heels of commendation from the European Union Elections Observers team, which, in their report, lauded the media for their coverage during the June 2023 elections. The EU team also emphasized the need for improvement in certain areas within media institutions.
Awoko Newspaper, known for its impartial and credible election reporting over the years, has received recognition on multiple occasions for its dedicated team covering elections comprehensively from various perspectives.
Addressing the purpose behind acknowledging their media partners, Chief Electoral Commissioner Mohamed K Konneh highlighted that during the elections, everyone shared both glory and challenges. He noted that statements, whether positive or negative, were circulated both online and offline based on diverse perceptions.
Providing an update on the remaining election results, Konneh stated that the overall electoral process was peaceful, with the Sierra Leone Police ensuring security, while the media played a crucial role in providing comprehensive coverage. He also disclosed that although the Commission received petitions, their claims were deemed insufficient to influence the outcome of the election results. AMK/16/11/2023