The United Kingdom Deputy High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Rachael Cooper has told members of parliament that the conduct of the July 5 local council election will be keenly watched by them.
The Deputy High Commissioner was yesterday in committee room No1 where MPs appreciated the gifts from the British High Commission to parliament.
Madame Cooper said it was a great privilege for her as a British representative to see the very physical and tangible semblance and representation of the UK’s commitment to the Sierra Leone Parliament.
She also told them that the UK’s commitment was shown in much broader projects at the local level as much as at national level stating that the British High Commission has provided some support to the local election process in voter sensitization, education of councilors and support to the Independent Media Commission.
“We will be playing our own small part in observing the local election process. Local election are a very key feature of any democracy as they take things to the very lowest level…and the conduct of those elections I know will be keenly watched by the region and the international community and I am confident and I know that others will be confident that Sierra Leone will get a very tick in the box as it did last general elections the same will be shown for the local elections and I hope that the local council will be free, transparent, accountable and fair” she stated.
She also said she was looking at the forth coming local elections in a different way as the UK have just concluded their own local elections and it will be very interesting for her to see how the people will make the government accountable and what the people think about what is happening at the national level.