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Sierra Leone National and Local Council Elections, 17 November 2012

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Sierra Leone National and Local Council Elections, held 17 November 2012. The Group was led by Olara Otunnu, former Foreign Prime Minister of Uganda, and comprised nine eminent persons in total.



The Group found that overall the elections were conducted in a free, peaceful and transparent manner and met international standards and benchmarks for the conduct of multiparty elections. They recommended a number of measures to strengthen further the electoral process in Sierra Leone, such as development and implementation of a comprehensive and widereaching voter education programme well in advance of polling day, and settling on a reasonable candidate nomination fee before the next electoral cycle.

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Voting, Counting and Tabulation

On Saturday 17 November 2012, Presidential, Parliamentary, Mayor/Chairperson and Local Council Elections took place across the Republic of Sierra Leone. Polling was scheduled to take place from 0700 to 1700 in 9,493 polling stations located at some 2,995 polling centres across the country. This compares to 2,702 polling centres and 6,171 polling stations for the 2007 elections.

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