By Alieu Kondoh
William Davies, Executive Secretary National Electoral Commission (NEC) has briefed journalists on electoral boundaries, other activities past Thursday.
He claimed there are 132 constituencies and 446 ward boundaries.
William stated, “provisional voter register (PVR) was exhibited in August and that there are three million one hundred and seventy-eight thousand plus registered voters for the upcoming 2018 elections.”
He confirmed there are now sixteen electoral districts as opposed to fourteen including Falaba in the North and Karena in the North West.
That there are five regions, which include the West, South, East, North and North West.
“The electoral process has to be adjusted to fit the various changes in the electoral system,” William said.
Furthered: “the commission is planning to distribute the three million plus voter identification cards from 25th November to 4th December 2017.”
He added that voter identification cards were printed in Dubai with help from donor partners.
“During the distribution process, NEC will provide additional distribution team to centers that are populated to fast track the process,” he said.
He also disclosed that, for the Paramount Chief Member of Parliament elections, there are now fourteen parliamentary seats as opposed to the previous twelve.
In the area of results management, William said that the structure will remain regional, with Port Loko as the regional headquarter for the North West region.
He confirmed NEC has received thirty billion Leones from the Ministry of Finance in the recent past and that in total 150.8 billion has been received in 2017.
He said the 2018 elections will be funded by the government of Sierra Leone and development partners as managed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).