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ECOWAS deploys 95 election observers to Sierra Leone

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is deploying 95 long and short term election observers for the June 24 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone.

The sub regional body has also provided the country with financial support of $500,000.

The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) will be led by former Commission President Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who is also a former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in West Africa.
Thirteen candidates from 17 registered political parties, including incumbent President Julius Maada Bio, are contesting for the presidency.

The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) defeated the then-ruling All People’s Congress (APC), in the last presidential election in 2018.

135 Parliamentary and 493 Local Council seats will also be in contention in the 24th June election.

The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) registered 3,374,258 voters for the 2023 elections out of an estimated population of 8.7 million.

Voting will take place in 11,832 polling stations within 3,630 polling centres, across 16 electoral districts nationwide.

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