The Chief Commissioner of the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL), responsible for conducting the 2023 elections in a fair and transparent manner and announcing the winner of the highest office, has clarified that there is no set date for the announcement of the Presidential results.
Mohamed Kanneh has addressed the concerns of the public and international observers by assuring them that the electoral process is being handled professionally.
He emphasized that the Commission strictly adheres to the provisions outlined in the Elections Act of 2022, which serves as their guiding document.
During the 9th session of the Multi-Stakeholders Election Steering Committee meeting, which involved the Elections Management body, the Political Parties Regulation Commission (PPRC), and the Sierra Leone Police, Mohamed Konneh revealed that the Commission has made efforts to address the concerns raised by the main opposition party, All People’s Congress (APC), through constructive engagement with party executives.
He further explained that a combination of online and offline methods will be utilized to collate the results before the final announcement of the presidential election winner.
Konneh stated, “There is a process leading up to the final stage, which is the announcement of results by the Chief Electoral Officer,” providing an overview to the attendees.
Chairing the meeting was Chief Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa, who assured everyone that the government has allocated the necessary resources for the smooth conduct of the elections on June 24th. He emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring a peaceful electoral process, free from violence.
The Minister of Finance, Fantamadi Bangura, confirmed that 85% of the required funding for the elections has been provided by the Sierra Leonean government.
He assured that the remaining 15% will be allocated to the Commission in early June.