Sierra Leone announced Thursday that voter registration for the 2018 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections would commence on next Monday and last until April 19.

According to the National Electoral Commission (NEC), voter sensitization is currently in progress to ensure successful general elections on March 7, 2018.

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s term would end in November 23 and that would usher in the 2018 elections, starting off with biometric voter registration. He has served for two consecutive terms after being the country’s first elected president in 2007.

In their sensitization drive, the NEC has engaged civil society organizations, media and political parties on the new biometric voter registration.

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According to Albert Massaquoi, NEC Director of Media and External Relations, the commission will set up 3,500 registration centers countrywide with the hope of registering about 3 million voters out of the 7 million population.

The ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party has called on all flagbearer aspirants to fully support the registration process by sensitizing voters across the country.

Also, Standing Together for Democracy, a consortium of civil society organizations, is fully engaged in sensitizing Sierra Leoneans, especially women and the disabled on the need to register and participate in the elections.

Federick Kamara, Commissioner for the National Commission for Persons with Disability, called on the NEC to make the registration centers accessible for persons with disabilities.

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He also called on all eligible voters in the disabled community to come out and register for the 2018 elections. Enditem

Source: Alusine Sesay, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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