The g7+ Election Observation Mission (EOM) has released its initial findings on Sierra Leone’s General Election, which took place on June 24th, 2023.

The EOM, led by Deputy General Secretary of g7+, Mr. Habib Ur Rehman Mayar, monitored 25 polling stations across Freetown and Waterloo districts.

The mission, consisting of officials such as Mr. Felix Piedade, Chief Operating Officer of g7+; Mr. Domingos Barreto, Vice President of National Election Commission of Timor-Leste; and Mr.

Michael A. Clarke, Deputy Director of National Election Commission of Liberia, aimed to observe the electoral process objectively, impartially, and professionally.

While the biometric voter verification system encountered technical issues in some polling stations, causing delays, the initial report highlighted that the election proceeded peacefully, with voters freely exercising their rights without intimidation or coercion.

The g7+ EOM praised the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone for its commitment to transparency and accountability.

However, the report emphasized the importance of increased civic education and voter sensitization to enhance voter turnout, particularly among women and youth.

It also recommended additional training for polling staff and greater inclusion of women in the electoral process.

The g7+ Election Observation Mission commended Sierra Leone for its dedication to democracy and called upon all parties to respect the will of the people. A comprehensive final report, containing detailed findings and recommendations, will be presented to the government and other stakeholders in the near future.