Sierra Leone House of Parliament has on Wednesday 19th March 2016, in a news release said it has tabled a move to extend the current voters registration process in the country.
The move had been put forward in the House because of the challenges associated with the on-going registration process. It says, as result, the time for registration should be extended by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) because it is critical for the conduct of credible and transparent elections.
This motion was moved by Hon. Ansumana Kaikai and seconded by Hon. Abu Bakarr Koroma.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that, pursuant to Sections 57, 43(2) and 103 of the Public Elections Act 2012, the President and National Electoral Commission after mutual consultations have declared the 7th March 2018 for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Elections respectively in Sierra Leone.
It could also be recalled that, in accordance with Section 17 of the same, the National Electoral Commission has also announced the period between March 20th and April 16th, 2017 (7am-5pm daily) for registration of eligible voters in Sierra Leone.
That, anyone who fails to register within the stated registration period in Sierra Leone will not be eligible to vote, or be voted for, in the 2018 elections.
However, because of the ongoing difficulties associated with the registration process, the House of Parliament has moved to extend the date scheduled for the process, so that every citizen would have equal rights to participate.
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