The National Electoral Commission tallying center at Wellington in Freetown is currently a busy place as the commission continues to receive results from the different polling centers across the country for an immediate release to the eagerly awaiting public.
This press yesterday visited the tallying center at Wellington and caught up with over 16 data entry clerks each attached to a computer and surrounded by NEC documents ready to be imputed to the commission’s archives.
Results from remote parts of the country are yet to reach the tallying center due to the lack of adequate communication technologies particularly areas like Koinadugu, Bonthe, Pujehun, Kambia, Tonkolili, and Kailahun which is expected to be flown to Freetown by helicopter.
Meanwhile NEC reports indicates that some voters were disenfranchised because they failed to turn up for the exhibition and verification of the electoral register and their names and numbers were not corresponding with the original NEC list, though some with ID cards that had valid code numbers were allowed to vote despite their names being misspelled or changed.
The archive center has already received most of the results from the western area and reports gathered from the NEC indicates that western area has recorded the highest scores of invalid votes so far, due to poor voter education on how to mark and cast a ballot paper.
According to investigations conducted by this press indications are that, the low turnout in the just ended local council election has been largely blamed on poor voter education and failure of political parties and independent candidates to properly sensitize voters about the significance of the electoral process for the development of their communities.
There are also indications that, there is serious resentment of voters on the competence and performances of some candidates who contested the local council election, coupled with the alleged intimidation and the undue interference by authorities from the above may have been responsible for the low voter turnout.
Staffs of NEC are presently working round the clock to ensure that they collect and publish all the result from the various polling centers across the country which is expected to commence tomorrow at a press briefing to be held at the British Council in Freetown.
By Saidu Bah