The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Internal Affairs Al-Hassan Karamoh Kondeh has intimated donor partners on the funds required to undertake the mass civil registration this year. He made this statement in a meeting held on Thursday 9th March, 2017 at the Immigration Conference Room, 14 Gloucester Street in Freetown.
The PS told donors about Government of Sierra Leone providing funds to support various activities of the Civil Registration Project, this he attributed to the commitment on the part of Government to ensure that the mass registration is successful and conducted in a timely manner. Additionally, Mr. Kondeh informed the donors on the procurement of biometric registration kits for the voter/civil registration. However, the outlined logistical and financial as the main challenges faced by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA).
|Internal Affairs Minister with donor partners
“The responsibility of bringing everyone in the Civil Registration Project lies on the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” says the Minister-Alfred Palo Conteh (Rtd.).Therefore the meeting was called to update donors on the announcements of dates for presidential, parliamentary and Local Council elections by the National electoral Commission and President Ernest Bai Koroma.
“Next year March same date vote counting will be in progress,” the Minister explained. He expressed hope for peaceful and transparent elections, stressing of his determination to continue engaging political parties in the country. He assured donors of providing State security personnel to guard all presidential nominees of political parties by giving them the opportunity to even choose people in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) that they have trust and confidence in to guard them, but affirmed that no presidential candidate will be allowed to use private security guards during elections.Minister Conteh informed the audience about the launching of the Authority before the voter registration commences on March 20, 2017.
Miatta French, Western Area Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) informed the development partners on the 80% success the Commission has registered in the on-going training for Registration and Assistant Registration Officers. She disclosed of plans to engage the SLP for the use of both personnel and logistics in addition to visible sensitization expected before this week ends.
John Callaghan-Deputy Head of Mission, Irish Embassy expressed concern about post mass civil registration to continue especially in the area of birth and deaths. He assured the Minister of his Embassy support to the Civil Registration Project but appealed for a transparent election in 2018. Annette Nalwojr-Team Leader, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) inform the audience about the identification of eight hundred Peripheral Health Units nationwide in the country for the continuous registration of births and deaths, adding that her institution will help support the process of developing procedures for continuous civil registration.
The UNDP Chief Technical Adviser on civil registration at the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) Mike Zulu told the gathering about discussion presently in progress with traditional rulers for identification of office spaces in the chiefdoms for the continuous and permanent registration.
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