The National Electoral Commission yesterday gave updates for the Local Council Election.
The Chairperson, Dr Christiana Thorpe announced that the Ward Boundary Delimitation Report tabled before Parliament has been passed after 21 days on the table and no Parliamentarian have contested the report.
She also circulated documents to pressmen which confirmed that the Commission actually consulted with stakeholders all over the country which has been the contention of several Parliamentarians and some sections of civil society.
This revelation destroyed the claims by some Sierra Leone People’s Party Parliamentarians who attempted to get Parliament to throw the Ward Boundary Delimitation report out of Parliament because they alleged that NEC did not consult stakeholders.
The outreach Officer informed that the nomination process had started in earnest and she announced that they have received nomination lists from the All People’s Congress (APC), National Democratic Alliance (NDA), People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
APC has submitted the highest number of candidates which amounted to 449 of which 19 are vying to be Mayors. SLPP sent in 438 candidates and 19 for Mayors inclusive while PMDC sent in 271 candidates and ‘15 for Mayors inclusive. The NDA 40 candidates but none of these candidates are vying for mayorship.
Miatta French said that the Political parties are still changing the names of the candidates in the nomination lists they had sent to the Commission. She pointed out that if the Political parties continue to make these changes they will affect the work of the Commission.
Mr Mattia, Executive Secretary of The Commission said that the Commission is geared for the forthcoming Local Council Election.
He said that the Commission had made arrangements with the Military to provide transportations for the movement of NEC materials all over the country and that they will be relying on the Police to provide security during the Local Council elections.