The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) who observed the just ended local council elections have said that efforts should be stepped-up in civic education and especially increased participation of women in politics.
Abu Bakarr Sheriff, programme officer of SLANSA told journalists at China House on Monday that SLANSA deployed over 300 domestic observers and youth campaigners plus an international observer across the country. He stated that the message on that day was ‘Ballot Not Bullet’ for the local council elections.
Mr Sheriff explained that during the campaigning period, SLANSA employed youth campaigners across the country who went about espousing the virtues of peace, violence-free elections and urging electorates to cast their votes peacefully. He also stated that political parties, non-governmental organizations and the government were also targeted. SLANSA observed that during elections day NEC officials conducted themselves in a professional manner though there were delays at certain polling stations. They encouraged NEC to review the electoral laws as elections held in the month of July impacts on the electorates. They therefore deemed the elections to be free, fair, transparent and largely incident-free.