Freetown, March 20, 2017 (TNE): The Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday began the nationwide voter/civil registration for the 2018 elections, with President Ernest Koroma and the First Lady Sia Nyama leading as examples.
After he finished the process at the “NIBATT 13” Godereich Community Primary School, Western Rural in Freetown, Koroma called on all citizens to come out in their numbers and register for the 2018 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections.
According to Chairman of the commission Mohamed Alie, people who registered will be issued a multipurpose identity card that will be used not only for the elections, but for other national identifications.
“The identity card that would be issued to people would bear a social security number and it can be used in any transaction at the bank,” said Alie.
The registration would last for about a month, from March to April, with the NEC chairperson saying they have projected to register over three million voters across the country.
Due to the detailed nature of the process and the 15 minutes time frame within which a single voter is registered, the chairman said they have the mandate to extend the registration period beyond the stipulated time, if necessary.
Meanwhile, issues of insufficient and late arrival of registration materials were reported in some centres, but the chairperson assured that they would handle them within the shortest possible time.
He said the commission has enough registration materials and would increase the quantity to any centre that reports inadequacy. (TNE)