By Zainab Kanu
The Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) has observed that a good number of Sierra Leoneans in the Western Rural and Urban areas have refused to come forward and collect their voter ID Cards as the voter registration exhibition process came to an end yesterday.
According to Outreach Officer of PPRC, Lucien Momoh, this may perhaps explain why there has been less tension at NEC centers where registered voters should collect their voter IDs.
During their seven days observation of the voter exhibition process, Momoh said they also noticed that only four out of the 10 registered political parties have party observers at the centers, but noted that the process was free from violence and other forms of activities that were alien to the process.
At Malama, Lumley, Momoh said they noticed that the code has been changed as it was different from the code that was used during the registration process.
Asked if NEC would extend the exhibition process, Momoh said it was left with the electoral Commission to decide whether it was worthwhile to extend the process as most Sierra Leoneans have exhibited apathy in the collection of their voter ID Cards.
However, NEC’s Electoral Commissioner West, Miatta French, told AYV that between 1.8 and 1.9 million Sierra Leoneans have collected their voter IDs. She further said that before the end of the week, NEC would conduct an inquiry period to address all matters relating to mistakes in the voter IDs of some registered Sierra Leoneans.
The voter registration exhibition officially ended yesterday across the country, and French said there would be no extension of the process. She said those who were unable to collect their voter IDs would have to do so now from the District Headquarter towns.
Meanwhile, AYV has learnt that only 10 political parties will contest the forthcoming elections. The United National People’s Party (UNPP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are yet to regularize their status before campaigns starts.