Sierra Leone National and Local Council Elections, 17 November 2012

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Sierra Leone National and Local Council Elections, 17 November 2012

Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 12 March 2013
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-099-9
Pages: 52

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Sierra Leone National and Local Council Elections, held 17 November 2012. The Group was led by Olara Otunnu, former Foreign Prime Minister of Uganda, and comprised nine eminent persons in total.

The Group found that overall the elections were conducted in a free, peaceful and transparent manner and met international standards and benchmarks for the conduct of multi-party elections. They recommended a number of measures to strengthen further the electoral process in Sierra Leone, such as development and implementation of a comprehensive and wide-reaching voter education programme well in advance of polling day, and settling on a reasonable candidate nomination fee before the next electoral cycle.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

Letter of Transmittal

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Terms of reference

Chapter 2 – Political Background
Political parties
All People’s Congress
Sierra Leone People’s Party
People’s Movement for Democratic Change
Relationship between the governing party and the main opposition
Women’s participation
Youth participation
Sierra Leone and the Commonwealth

Chapter 3 – The Legal Framework and Election Administration
Political structure
Legal framework – the Constitution
The Public Elections Act 2012

Chapter 4 – Election Campaign

Chapter 5 – The Media

Chapter 6 – Voting, Counting and Tabulation
Distribution of polling materials
Key procedures for opening and voting
Assessment of opening and voting
Vehicle restrictions as a security measure
Key procedures for counting
Assessment of counting
Tabulation of results
Assessment of tabulation

Chapter 7 – Conclusions and Recommendations
Key findings

Annex 1 – Biographies of COG Members
Annex 2 – Arrival Statement by Mr Olara Otunnu
Annex 3 – Interim Statement by Mr Olara Otunnu
Annex 4 – Joint Statement by Other Election Observer Missions
Annex 5 – COG Deployment Plan
Annex 6 – Commonwealth News Release Announcing Observer Group Composition
Annex 7 – List of Organisations Consulted by the Commonwealth Observer Group