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PRESS RELEASE: European Union, Germany, ECOWAS, and the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone Engage Media Chief Executives and Senior Editors on Election Reporting

25 May 2023, Freetown, Sierra Leone – The European Union and Germany co-funded ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations (EPSAO) Project, implemented by GIZ, has commenced a two-day training for media editors and chief executives on election reporting to prevent violence ahead of the forthcoming general elections in Sierra Leone.

The media training is facilitated by the ECOWAS Democracy and Good Governance Division (DGGD), in collaboration with the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (SL), the Independent Media Commission (IMC) and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ), in recognition of the important role of the media during elections, as well as the importance of good and mutually reinforcing cooperation between the media and national election management bodies in the delivery of peaceful, transparent, inclusive, and credible elections.

This engagement takes place the Sierra Palms Hotel, starting from 25-26 May 2023 in Freetown, and will bring together about 40 editors and Chief executives drawn from across different segments (online, print, and electronic media) in Sierra Leone. The initiative builds on a previous support in which media practitioners were trained on the topic across three districts of the country in June 2022.

The main aim of the engagement is to facilitate experience sharing amongst Chief Executives and Senior Editors on how the media can strike a balance in its reportage to provide a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of peaceful and democratic elections in Sierra Leone.

At the end of the trainings, it is hoped that media houses would be equipped with best practices to deliberately de-escalate political tension among citizens, and supporters of political parties during electoral period through peace journalism and be strengthened to report credibly, professionally, and objectively during the electioneering.

The trainings are also expected to promote the fostering of a more cordial relationship between the media and the ECSL, as well as to raise the awareness of media practitioners in Sierra Leone on various international and regional standards for election reporting including “ECOWAS Norms and Standards for the Media in the Promotion of Peace and Security in West Africa.”

The EPSAO Project supports the ECOWAS Commission in its mandate to address regional peace and security threats through strengthening of capacities in four crucial policy areas including: Peace Support Operations, Conflict Prevention, Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSRG) as well as in Electoral Affairs. The EPSAO Projects seeks to address the root causes and to promote collective action and joint regional strategies by ECOWAS Member States to curb conflict and insecurity, including rebellions, violent extremism, communal violence, the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons, piracy, land-use conflicts, and election-related violence.

Media contact:

At European Union Delegation:
Mr N’Fa Alie Koroma. Political, Press and Information Officer
Mob: +23276741418 Email: N’[email protected]

At Electoral Commission Sierra Leone:
Mrs Zainab Moseray. Commissioner Western Region ECSL
Mob: +23278290607 Email: [email protected]

At GIZ EPSAO Project:
Ms Valerie Arikpo-Ettah, Advisor Electoral Affairs
Mob: +234 803 3839922
Email: [email protected]

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Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone, European Union, Germany and ECOWAS Engage Media Managers and Editors on Election Reporting

Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone, European Union, Germany and ECOWAS Engage Media Managers and Editors on Election Reporting Today May 25th 2023.

The Electoral Commission For Sierra Leone has commenced a two-day training for media Managers and editors on election reporting to prevent the dissemination of fake news ahead of June 24th general elections in Sierra Leone.

The European Union, Cooperation Germany Ecowas and ECOWAS funded this Engagement and Training implemented by GIZ.
The Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone facilitates media training. The Media training and engagement continue tomorrow at Sierra Palms Hotel Conference Room.

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I have started working as a Medical Doctor at Connaught Hospital – Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden

Thanks to my Sisters (Babsy, Cheryl & Fatima) for inspiring me to go collect my License and return to field of Medicine. Happy to report to my Fans & Followers that I have started working as a Medical Doctor at Connaught Hospital today May 24th 2023. I have started as an In-House Medical Officer.

I’m shown standing in front of Connaught Hospital and after finishing Ward Rounds, I’m shown relaxed in Doctors’ Common Room. I also have my ‘cute doctor’ looks as I stepped out of my house this morning.

My doctor colleagues made me feel so welcomed today. They took all these lovely pictures of me at Connaught today.

After few days of practicing here at Connaught, I will take a short break to handle some other personal issues and then I will resume daily work at Connaught next month (June 2023) and later do rotation at other Hospitals.

Meanwhile, today was great. I worked under direct supervision of an excellent Consultant Doctor and it was quite fulfilling.

It’s good to be back in the field of Medicine as a trained and qualified Medical Doctor.

Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden OOR
Wednesday May 24th 2023.

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Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone signs MoU with the Guinean Ministry of Territorial Administration (Internal Affairs) on Cooperation to Administer Electoral Elections in West Africa

Under the West Africa Electoral Peer Support Initiative, the Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chair, Mohamed Kenewui Konneh leads a delegation of Electoral Commissioners and staff of the ECSL to the Republic of Guinea, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Republic of Guinea, for the use of Guinean ballot boxes in the 24 June 2023 elections in Sierra Leone.

The signing ceremony is jointly coordinated by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation which is responsible for elections administration in Guinea and the Sierra Leonean Embassy in Guinea.
The MoU signing ceremony is chaired by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Conde. In attendance are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Guineans Abroad, Agriculture & Breeding and the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Dr. Mory-Sanda Kouyate, Mr. Muhamadu Nagnalein Barry and Mr. Ousmane Gawal Diallo respectively.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mory Conde on behalf of the Guinean Government pledges his country’s commitment to foster bilateral relationships with another sister country and to help in time of need. According to the Minister, “..Guinea as a pioneer of Pan Africanism is happy to Promote Africa and Pan African exchange of ideas and materials in the area of Government..”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mory Sanda Kouyate states that according to the MoU, eleven thousand (11,000) empty ballot boxes will be released to the ECSL to be used as Guinea’s assistance in the conduct of the forthcoming elections in Sierra Leone.

In response, Chairman Mohamed K Konneh extends warm greetings from the Government and People of Sierra Leone, noting the historical and family relationships that exist between the two sister countries.

Chairman Konneh further registers his Commission’s gratitude and appreciation to the Guinean Authorities as the ECSL conducts elections in a month.

Chairman Konneh further states that Guinea’s ” generosity has made us work harder to achieve the task of conducting credible elections in Sierra Leone..” and also ” this support will make a significant impact towards our success…”

In conclusion, Chairman Konneh promises to take good care of the electoral materials and to return them in good order.

The meeting is climaxed with the signing of the MoU between the two countries.

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Political Parties and Public Participation

How do you recall a party’s promises after the election has concluded and the results have been announced? The document that functions as the basis for these promises is referred to as the Election Manifesto. A manifesto is a document released by political parties prior to elections.

It describes the party’s priorities and policies should it form the government.

An election manifesto usually outlines the broad vision of a political party and lists specific action points. In a diverse country like India, a manifesto serves as a common denominator for a party’s policies. It is also very important for voters to hold parties accountable for promises made before the elections.

In many cases, manifestos are released very close to the election date, leaving no time for voters to even go through them. Most democracies do not have legal provisions or guidelines regarding manifestos.

A party doesn’t need to release a manifesto.

However, in a healthy democracy, an election manifesto serves as a sign of a party’s commitment to voters. It also helps voters make informed choices about who to vote for and who not to.

How do you keep in mind the specific promises made by each political party once the election results are in? Well, the Election Manifesto is the document on which these pledges are based.

A manifesto is a document that political parties present before elections. It lays forth their top priorities and policies should they be elected to office.

A political party’s election manifesto will typically detail the party’s overarching goals and plan of action.

A party’s manifesto provides a unifying statement of principles in a country like Sierra Leone with multiple tribes.

Voters should also make sure that political parties live up to their pre-election pledges.

Manifestos are often only made available to the public a few months, weeks, and days before an election, allowing little time for voters to read them.

Most democracies do not have any definite laws or principles that govern manifestos. Parties are not required to publish manifestos. But an electoral manifesto shows a party’s dedication to voters in a robust democracy.

As a bonus, it aids voters in making educated decisions about who to vote for and who not to vote for.

However, we are also faced with real-time public information challenges with some, if not all, political parties; some don’t have any websites to inform the general public about their political party and plan activities, and some don’t even have social media pages.

Political parties need to have direct engagement with the people before, during, and after elections.

The right to information is a fundamental human rights issue.

©️A.M . Fatoma

AMF2023

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Hon. Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Said “Paopa Salone Go Bette” As He Joined Forces With President Bio And The SLPP

Today, Wednesday 12/04/2023, together with the Vice President, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh (@VP_Jalloh), I met with the distinguished Honourable Dr Kandeh Yumkella (@KYumkella) of the National Grand Coalition (#NGC) Party at the State House, Freetown.

We discussed various development and governance issues facing our beloved nation. We exchanged ideas on ways of promoting our Government’s people-oriented policies. We agreed on the need to build a progressive alliance to advance transformative development and strengthen national cohesion.

Together, we will move #SierraLeone towards the #RightDirection for our current and future generations! #SLPP4DEVELOPMENT

No shade but KKY has zero political weight in Sierra Leone. ZERO! Number of votes he will add to SLPP = ONE! But If he can help government increase access to energy tho that’ll be ideal. Not everyone has the temperament/backbone for politics. He certainly doesn’t.

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