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Sierra Leone Police Says It Needs $1.7 Million For Election Security

The Sierra Leone Police  says it will need at least $1.7 million) to provide security for the country’s next general election.

Map of Sierra Leone

Map of Sierra Leone

The West African country’s Chief of Police Inspector Alieu Francis Munu said more funding might be required to accommodate additional security stakeholders in order to be fully prepared for Presidential and General elections which are scheduled for March, 2018.

Police Chief Munu, according to Journal du Cameroun web portal, told reporters that security plans are now underway ahead of the polls in Sierra Leone.

The Sierra Leonen Police Chief disclosed that additional recruits are undergoing police training in order to beef up the force of 14,000.

Sierra Leone Electoral Commision Head Mohamed Nfa Alie-Conteh

Sierra Leone Electoral Commission Head Mohamed Nfa Alie-Conteh

According to the timetable of the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC), Campaign Period for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections runs from Feb 4 – March 5, 2018  followed by polling on March 7th.

If there is a run off contest, it will be held between March 24 – 28th.

The National Electoral Commission says it has completed voter registration and an estimated 3.1 million Sierra Leonens are registered to voted in the much anticipated elections.

There are 12 political parties contesting the elections including the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) led by outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma and the biggest opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

West African Journal Magazine