Sierra Leone: NGO trains Anglophone countries in election management

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A non-governmental organisation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is holding a two-day training conference for three Anglophone countries in election management in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown.

The training, which involves election bodies and civil society organisations from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia, is set to conclude on Tuesday at the Golden Tulip Essential Kimbima Hotel.

OSIWA's Sierra Leone Country Officer, Joe Pemagbi, said it was necessary for countries to develop mechanisms to asses real time situations ahead of an election, as this would help them manage potential volatile situations beforehand.

Pemagbi said in an interview with PANA that technology was going to be key in developing such mechanisms, adding "...a lot of the training would be ICT based".

OSIWA says it has concluded this same training for Francophone countries in the sub-region.

Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to conduct general elections in 2017 and 2018 respectively and the training will help election bodies and civil society organisations in both countries with the relevant knowledge they need to conduct better elections.

OSIWA hopes that by the end of the training, these countries will be able to set up situation rooms where they can monitor and manage their elections. It adds that this will help the credibility of the election and the security response system.

OSIWA is an independent group that is trying to build a better democratic infrastructure in the sub-region. It supports various projects including the capacity building of civil society organsations and the media. The group is a member of the global Open Society Foundations Network.
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