11 February 2013

Sierra Leone: UN Security Council Team Visits PPRC

A follow up team from the United Nations Security Council headed by the Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission in Freetown Lesley Beaton on Thursday 7th February 2013 met with the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson.

The team from the United Kingdom (UK leads on Sierra Leone in the Security Council) is in the country to get first-hand information on the support received from the UN by the Commission. According to the team, the Security Council will in March discuss the future of UNIPSIL in Sierra Leone. The discussion will decide when UNIPSIL should be finally closed in Sierra Leone and how other UN agencies in the country will grow and fill the space in the long term.

Justice Thompson expressed the commissions gratitude to the support received from the UN for the 2012 elections as it enabled the commission to organise inter and intra party dialogue forum, a conference that led to the signing of the 2012 Elections Declaration, support to the All Political Parties Youth Association, the All Political Parties Women Association, engagement with political parties among others.

He further asked the UN to support PPRC's vision on political education which he expressed optimism that would be embraced by political parties.

Speaking on the challenges ahead of the 2016/2017 elections, Thompson says the commission has commenced the campaign against violence and intolerance as this will pave the way for peaceful election. Voter education and constant engagement with political parties will be a priority in the activities of the commission, he added.

PPRC Registrar, Abraham John, says the commission receives financial, technical and advisory support from the UN through the Peace Building Fund and the Elections Basket Fund.

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