This is the 5th general election that will be conducted in Sierra Leone since the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war in 2002. On 24th June, polling will be conducted for 4 elections namely, 1. Presidential elections, 2. Parliamentary elections, 3. Chair/Mayor elections and Councilor’s elections. There are 13 political parties that are contesting for the presidential election. More than 3.3 million people are registered to vote.
The g7+ Election Observer Mission will observe the voting, counting and result process across various parts of the country considering the principles of objectivity, impartiality, independence, and professionality. The mission will also meet with the Chair of the electoral commission of Sierra Leone. The mission will submit its preliminary report to the electoral commission of Sierra Leone immediately after the polling and hold a press conference to share the findings with the public.
Under the g7+ Peer learning and Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation program, the g7+ institutionalized election observation mission on 22nd March 2023 with the following objectives:
- To observe election processes in g7+ member states in an impartial, professional, independent and ethical manner
- Contribute to enhancing democratic consolidation, strengthening peace and development through election observation amongst g7+ members.
The g7+ was established in 2010 as an Inter-Governmental organization of conflict-affected countries to help achieving Peace, and stability through peer learning in areas of country owned Peace and Statebuilding and advocating for better engagement therein. With the headquarters hosted in Timor-Leste, the g7+ is chaired by Sierra Leone’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development. The group comprises of Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo and Yemen. END.