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Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN) will deploy a dozen observers to monitor the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November.
The group first deployed an all-women election observer mission in 2005 during the Liberian elections.
Only two of the nine candidates in Sierra Leone’s presidential election slated for 17 November showed up at the weekend for the second debate on the platforms of the political parties in the capital, Freetown.
Front-runners, incumbent President Ernest Koroma of the All People’s Congress and Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, led the boycott.
Experts at the International Conference on Youth and Democratization convening in Addis Ababa agree that African youth are in the vanguard of political and governance changes in the continent.
It is therefore essential to promote youth participation in political processes and decision-making, the experts noted.
Sierra Leone and Guinea are holding a three-day meeting aimed at strengthening joint cross- border surveillance and response to cholera and other epidemics in the two neighboring countries.
Between February and September this year, cholera killed nearly 400 people and infected over 25,000 in a record epidemic in the two countries in recent times.
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced a number of measures to ensure a violence-free election come 17 November when Sierra Leoneans go to the poll to elect a president, parliamentarians and local council officials.
The measures, which include limitation of vehicles in the streets, were approved after several meetings with political parties and other election stakeholders.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called for free, fair and credible elections in Sierra Leone, noting that this will promote peace in the country that went through a decade of civil war.
The advice of visiting President Jonathan comes just over two-weeks to presidential, parliamentary and local council elections scheduled for 17 November this year.
Civil society groups in Sierra Leone have been discussing the international Arms Trade Treaty and how it relates to their country.
The West African nation went through 11 years (1991-2002) of civil war that left over 50,000 killed, scores amputated and basic social services destroyed, but has now enjoyed peace for a decade.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is lending support to a number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to play effective participatory roles in Sierra Leone’s 17 November presidential and general elections.
According to Joe Hindovei Pemagbi, Country Officer and Head of office Sierra Leone, bodies benefiting from OSIWA support include the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to educate voters on the electoral process.
The Standards Bureau has said it is working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop a legal framework to combat the import and sale of sub-standard and expired goods on the local market.
The regulatory body said the lack of laws to punish defaulters is a major chalenge in deterring unscrupoulous businesses from engaging in the practice that endangers the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.