Sierra Leone’s June 24th General Elections which declared President Julius Maada Bio winner for a second term with over 56%, was marred with many contesting the credibility of the final tabulated result. Amongst the many in recent times was a letter addressed to the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone requesting for information on the district level for the multi tier elections.
This letter of request to the ECSL at some point did not yield its desired effect until a letter from the Right to Access Information was sent to ECSL, prompted by a request from Lawyer Sengbeh, reminding them of their obligation to provide necessary information to the public as demanded.
The ECSL adequately replied to Lawyer Sorie’s earlier request for information on the district level results for the last multi-tier elections.
However the Barrister has continued enquiring whether the Commission has in its possession and custody Results and Reconciliation Forms for all 11,712 polling stations across all sixteen electoral districts which were the basis for its Presidential election results declared on 27th June 2023;
-Whether the Commission has in its possession and custody Results and Reconciliation Forms for all polling stations across the sixteen electoral districts which were the basis for the Parliamentary and Local Council elections results declared or published on 1" July 2023;
-Polling station data for all 11,712 elicited from certified and verified Results and Reconciliation Forms for each respective polling stations which inform the Commission's published summary "certified results" for each of the sixteen districts in respect of the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local elections posted on the Commission's website on 23 and 29" August 2023.
Lawyer Sorie Sengbeh Marrah in his tweet stated that his enquiries are not in favor of a political party but to ensure the survival of Sierra Leone’s democracy and electoral system.