The Chief Electoral Commissioner Dr Christiana Thorpe has revealed the provisional timetable for the next local government elections.
Dr Thorpe told journalists yesterday at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Headquarter in Freetown that they are now working on arrangements to conduct the local council elections.
She announced that the election will be in June next year as the four year term of the present Councilors will end in May next year.
Dr Thorpe also revealed that they are now working on a budget which they would have finalised yesterday and which they will then take to the Ministry of Finance.
“Government will decide on how much of the election expenses they will finance and then we will go to the donors to get them to support the rest of the budget.” She stated.
The NEC Chief Commissioner said that they would have to do the boundary delimitation for the wards because the last delimitation was done in 1956 and that they are in touch with Statistics Sierra Leone who are now doing the preliminary spade work.
She said that the boundary delimitation will start in November to January, and then voter registration will follow in February to March.
Exhibition of the voters list she said will be in April, followed by nominations and campaigning which will be in May then polling will be in June. However she said that final confirmation of these dates and all other arrangements for the local Council elections will be issued in November after the Commission would have taken policy decisions on everything.