Election 2019: CTA, political parties hold parley to review polls

Election 2019: CTA, political parties hold parley to review polls

- The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has said it will hold a two-day parley in the 2019 general elections

- The meeting is expected to review the role critical stakeholders played in the 2019 elections

- The parley on Monday, May 6 is to further ensure that the nation's electoral process is further strengthened

As part of moves to improve future electoral process, election observer group, the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has said it will hold a two-day parley with chairmen of political parties in the country to review the outcome of the recently concluded 2019 general election.

The meeting expected to hold on Monday, May 6 according to a statement by CTA acting executive director, Faith Nwadishi, will review the role critical stakeholders played in the 2019 elections.

The 2-day round table will also review the role played by INEC and political parties in the electoral process.

Nwadishi said the parley on Monday, May 6 is to further ensure that the nation's electoral process is further strengthened.

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Immediate past vice president of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Sam Sumana, as well as other top dignitaries such as IPAC national chairman, Chief Peters Ameh, are expected to grace the occasion.

Recently, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) led by the CTA, stated that the desperation by politicians and massive deployment of security operatives contributed to the lapses witnessed during the 2019 election.

In a report which was unveiled on Monday, April 29, the CSOs faulted attempts by politicians to put the blame of the hitches witnessed during the elections solely at the doorsteps of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The report which is a summary of the 2019 election by the coalition of CSOs, claimed there was an institutional conspiracy by political class and state actors to sabotage INEC’s preparations and processes.

The report identified vote buying, violent attacks on perceived opponents, intimidation and abduction of INEC officials, snatching and destruction of ballot boxes and papers to burning up of INEC offices and electoral as some of the ways the political class ruined the election.

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