The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has in a press release cautioned the management of the Sierra Leone Police to stop an unwarranted entrance and persistent intimidation of its staff on daily basis to hinder the electoral process.
Acknowledging the role of the Sierra Leone Police in ensuring electoral security, NEC says they have routinely cooperated with the police management as a working partner.
“In recent days, however, the Sierra Leone Police has unwarrantedly entered NEC premises, unannounced and at random, interrogated NEC staff and obstructed them from performing their duties,” said the Chief Electoral Commissioner-N’faAlieConteh in a press statement.
NEC says the harassment from police personnel has not only delayed the sensitive work of the commission ahead of the run-off slated for the 27th March 2018, but the “unsystematic and confrontational nature of these visits” has scared away and intimidated some of their staff.
According to the NEC Chairman, “the commission is committed to conducting electoral activities” in within the law.
The commission reminded the Sierra Leone Police that “NEC is the sole electoral management body charged with the responsibility to conduct all public elections in the country.
NEC warns the Sierra Leone police to refrain from actions that may obstruct electoral activities or undermines the credibility and independence of the electoral process.