The National Electoral Commissioner (NEC) for the Western Area Hannah Kawaley yesterday started handing over sixty nine certificates to the duly elected councilors and a mayor for the Freetown City Council, at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony the Commissioner Hannah Kawaley commended all the winning councilors, and the winning mayor for the Freetown City Council for their successful participation in the Local Government Council Election that was held on July 5, 2008.
She called on the winning councilors and the mayor to be accountable to their people and also contribute to the meaningful development of their respective wards and communities in the interest of the country, adding that they should also brace up for the challenges ahead as the progress of their community now lies in their hands.
Commissioner Kawaley warned the councilors and the Mayor to fight against corruption and pursue the President’s campaign on attitudinal change with a holistic approach on patriotism and the national interest for the sustainable development of the country.
She also emphasized the importance of decentralizing government activities at grass root level with maximum participation of community members through their councilors to help government determine the needs of the people for the rapid development of the Country.
The Commissioner warned the winning councilors and the Mayor to take good care of the certificates given to them by the National Electoral Commission as it will serve as an authentic document that will recognize them as councilor in their community and ward.
Concluding Commissioner Kawaley expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government and its international partners for the expertise and financial support given to the National Electoral Commission and the people of Sierra Leone for the credible and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Election.
The newly elected mayor of the Freetown City Council Herbert George Williams delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of his councilors, and promised to deliver the development they promised voters during the campaign period, whilst assuring all of his commitment and determination to change Freetown for the better.
Herbert Williams promised the councilors that, they will never walk alone and assured them that, the Freetown City Council will never be the same as garbage sites and black outs will be a thing of the past and massive development of the city will be the council’s top most priority.
The handing over of certificates to winning councilors and the mayor was chaired by Mac Williams of the Western Area branch of NEC, while a similar handing over ceremony is expected today at waterloo Freddie Center for the Western Rural Chairman and Councilors..
By Saidu Bah