As part of its social corporate responsibility to promote the rights of citizens in Sierra Leone, between Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and the Government, ENCISS on Thursday 23rd August 2012 ended a day dialogue forum on the involvement of CSOs in electoral processes. The forum was held at the British Council on Tower Hill in Freetown.
According to the Chairman of the forum, Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, the forum was organised in a bid to establish committees that will engage stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues surrounding the November 17 elections.
He disclosed further that ENCISS has sent a communiqué to President Koroma to ensure that credible, free and fair and non-violent elections are conducted.
Representatives from the Sierra Leone Police, National Electoral Commission, Political Parties Registration Commission, DIFID, EU, Christian Aid, and the Office of National Security among others, expressed thanks to ENCISS and CSOs for their participation in the electoral processes. They advised CSOs to be neutral in electoral processes, with special emphasis to the November 17 polls.
In his keynote address, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Raymond Kabbia, expressed appreciation to CSOs and ENCISS for their contributions to national development, whilst further thanking DFID, EU, and Christian Aid, for funding ENCISS.
He stated that the intervention of ENCISS in the elections was timely. He disclosed that his ministry’s mandate is to provide 65% of security in the country.
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