President Julius Maada Bio announced today that he has received a comprehensive update on the ongoing work of the Independent Cross-party Committee on Electoral Systems and Management Bodies Review.

This committee, established to assess and propose improvements to the country’s electoral processes, has made notable strides in its mission.

President Bio expressed his deep gratitude to the committee members for their diligent efforts and significant progress. “I expressed my profound appreciation to the members for the progress made and consented to extend the date for the report submission,” he stated. The President’s decision to extend the deadline underscores his commitment to ensuring a thorough and well-considered review process, reflecting the importance of this initiative to Sierra Leone’s democratic integrity.

He also extended his thanks to the leadership of the All People’s Congress (APC) and the moral guarantors involved in the review process, acknowledging their dedication and cooperation. This collaboration between political parties and stakeholders highlights the bipartisan effort required to strengthen the nation’s electoral systems.

The President particularly commended the Lead Negotiators, Dr. Samura Kamara and Dr. David Sengeh, along with the tripartite chairs, for their leadership and hard work. Their roles have been pivotal in steering the committee towards meaningful and actionable recommendations.

I look forward to the speedy conclusion of the report,” President Bio added, signaling his anticipation for the committee’s findings and the potential reforms they will bring. The completion of this report is expected to pave the way for significant improvements in how elections are conducted and managed in Sierra Leone, aiming to foster greater transparency, fairness, and public trust in the electoral process.