The Chairperson for the National Electoral Commission announced on Friday that her commission would receive a total of Le 5 billion from the government of Sierra Leone to construct its new administrative building at Tower hill. It will be a 100% funding by government.
Christiana Thorpe disclosed on Friday at the official foundation-laying by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of NEC’s headquarters.
She said government had already given them 25% of the amount, which she said was adequate for the time being and could kick start the project.
The whole complex to house the NEC Headquarters will comprise the Administrative building, an operations center and a perimeter fence.
It will also house the Human Rights Commission. And the perimeter fencing and the operations center will be funded chiefly by the United Nations Development Programme and the Japanese government.
Before laying the foundation stone, President Kabbah appealed to all political parties to see the elections as a friendly contest and not a fight.
He urged them to stop threatening each other and accusing people falsely.
“I will never…ask the NEC Chairperson to do anything in favour of anybody or any political party” the president assured.
He thanked the Japanese Government for their support.
The Chief contractor, Mohamed Coomber said the new building would be unique as they had combined “flexibility and dynamism in the structures.”
He said the Administrative building would be a three-storey building that would include a penthouse on the top floor.
The ground floor, with a dome, will house the NEC Resource center and the first floor will house the Human Rights Commission.
It will have 15 offices, a conference room and a hall to accommodate 50 people. Its façade will be all-glass tinted, for which jokingly warned, “People living in glass houses should not throw stones”