Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sierra Leone poll commission boss hails voter registration process

Freetown, Sierra Leone 03/03 - The Chairperson of Sierra Leone`s National Electoral Commission (NEC), Christiana Thorpe, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing voter registration.
Speaking to journalists here Friday, she described the exercise as one of the best in Sierra Leone, and the turn-out countrywide as "very, very encouraging."
Thorpe said the feedback from the commission`s staff nationwide as well as from the UN and observers was "extremely positive."
"As expected, there were a few hitches in a few places such as in Koinadugu in the north where six centres did not start their registration on time and would only be starting today (Friday) because the vehicle that was transporting their materials broke down on the way," she said, but noted that remote areas like Bonthe Island had already started registration.
"The people of Sierra Leone have a lot of confidence in the registration process and this has been proved by the large turnout nationwide," Thorpe stressed.
The ongoing 21-day exercise is ahead of the country`s parliamentary and presidential elections in Jul

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