In a press release issued on December 11, 2023, the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (EC-SL) addressed a concerning incident that unfolded in October 2023. The commission revealed that it had received a report regarding the alleged theft of Electronic Tablets stored at its Warehouse located in Wellington, Freetown.

Taking swift action, the EC-SL promptly reported the matter to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), triggering a comprehensive investigation into the incident. Subsequently, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) undertook the task of delving into the matter, leading to the identification and subsequent arrest of several suspects linked to the reported theft.

After a thorough examination of the evidence and gathering of information, the CID has now concluded its investigations, and formal charges related to the theft have been filed in court. The EC-SL emphasized its commitment to transparency and accountability in the press release, assuring the public that it will keep them informed of any developments pertaining to the case.

This incident highlights the critical role of security measures in safeguarding electoral infrastructure and the importance of prompt and efficient collaboration between electoral bodies and law enforcement agencies. As the legal proceedings unfold, the public can expect updates from the EC-SL, reaffirming the commission’s dedication to fulfilling its responsibilities.

The press release serves as a testament to the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone’s commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process and addressing any challenges that may arise in the execution of its duties.