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POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTRATION COMMISSION

 

 

PPRC meets with Political Parties members in the regions

APPWA members’ 3rd  National Delegate Convention in Kenema

Cross section of Political Parties representatives during a training session on Political Education

 

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THREE DAYS STAY AT HOME EBOLA SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN

 

Pursuant of section 29 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 of 1991, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of Public Emergency which was published in Sierra Leone Gazette on the 31st July 2014 to deal with the grave health situation which has arisen as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in our country.

In view of the above, the Commission in partnership with the ten registered Political Parties monitored the three days nationwide stay at home(ose to ose ebola sensitisation campaign) in the Western Area from 19th – 21ST September 2014.

 

Click on REPORT ON EBOLA (OSE to OSE) SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN for detailed report

 

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IMPLEMENTATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES DIALOGUE ON CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW PROCESS

 

The political parties’ engagement on the constitutional review process held at the Miata Conference Center was a one day activity. The two Hundred (200) participants for the conference were drawn from the four regions of Sierra Leone including the national executives in Freetown, members of the Constitutional Review Committee and other stakeholders. It was an all inclusive programme with the Theme: “THE ROLE OF POLITICAL PARTIES IN A DEMOCRACTIC SOCIETY”

 

                Click on REPORT ON ENGAGEMENT WITH POLITICAL PARTIES    for detailed report

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CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW CONFERENCE

On the 18th January 2014 at the Child Rescue Center in Bo the Political Parties Registration Commission held a one-day Constitutional Review Conference. The Theme for the Conference was “Giving Voice to the Voiceless”. Participants were drawn from the ten registered Political Parties from the 14 electoral districts, 4 regions and Freetown.

 

Present were representatives from Civil Society, Council of Paramount Chiefs, Sierra Leone Police, ONS, Media and other key stakeholders. The conference was interactive and very resourceful.

 

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APPYA - CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November 2013 organized a Constitutional Review and Validation exercise for the All Political Parties Youth Association (APPYA).

The exercise which took place in Bo brought together Youth from all the ten Registered Political Parties in Sierra Leone.

In his address, Commissioner Alhaji Muctarr B. Williams says the exercise is important as this will unite members of the Association. He assured them of the Commissions support at all times.

In his statement, the UNIPSIL Representative Patrick Buse assured members of the Association of UNIPSIL’s support towards the activities of the Association. He says the Association needs to be pro- active especially in sourcing funds when UNIPSIL folds up in 2014. After two days of deliberations, the reviewed Constitution was validated and will be tabled in the Associations Delegate Conference for adoption.

Click on APPYA CONTITUTIONAL VALIDATION for detailed report

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POLITICAL EDUCATION

On the 10th, 12th and 13th November 2013 with support from the EBF, the PPRC held a one day political workshop in Bo, Makeni and Kenema with the intent of  educating political parties and electorates on the concept of Political Education.

 

This flagship program of the commission is geared towards enabling political parties and the electorates in participating in the political processes.

 

             Click on POLITICAL EDUCATION for detailed report

 

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CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW

A one day constitutional review/inter party dialogue meeting was held at the British council in Freetown on the 1st August 2013 with the aim of acquainting  political Parties on the 2006 recommendations and ascertain the usefulness of these recommendations as in our recent times.

It is on that note the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) deemed it obligatory to hold a one day regional conference review meeting for political Parties members of the Constitutional Review Committee(CRC) and other senior executive members of the 10 registered political parties.

 

A total of three consultative meetings were held in Makeni, Bo and Kenema and political party representatives identified emerging issues, debated proposals and built consensus around recommendations that would be fed into the CRC work. This activity is aimed at complimenting the work of the constitutional review committee and the entire reform process.

 

Click on  CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW REPORT for detailed report

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INTER PARTY DIALOGUE

As a means of cascading inter party dialogue workshop in Freetown for senior party representatives, three inter party dialogues were organized at regional levels.  These dialogues in addition to discussing the outcome of the workshop also discussed regional challenges faced by the political parties that are adversely impacting on the level of cohesion between and among political parties.

 

The Commission together with political party leaders attended the workshop and issues raised by the participants were answered and methodically addressed.   The theme of the program is Unity in Diversity.

 

Click on REPORT ON INTER PARTY DIALOGUE for detailed report

 

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INTRA-PARTY DIALOGUE

The PPRC in collaboration with UNIPSIL organized five day retreat session for five Political Parties, namely RUFP, CDP, PDP, UDM and UNPP in Bo, Kenema and Freetown. This retreat was meant to review post –election challenges and to review progress on party governance following up on 2012 retreat and recommendation on trip to Ghana including financial management and nomination processes.

 

It seeks to address current internal party scrabbles in a bid to promoting cohesion within political parties.

 

      Click on INTRA PARTY DIALOGUE SESSION for detailed report

 

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NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS CONFERENCE AT THE BINTUMANI HOTEL

BY THE POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTRATION COMMISSION

Recourse to violence has always showed itself especially during elections in at least most of the elections held in the recent past in this country if not all. The transfer of power from the Sierra Leone Peoples Party to the now ruling All Peoples Congress although by every standards was peaceful, subsequent events have further points to the unhealthy relations that obtain between the ruling party and the opposition. The events leading to the signing of the Communiqué on 2nd April 2009;the incidents in Tongo; the September 9 , 2010 saga leading to the stoning of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party flag bearer while on a thank you tour in Bo;  the local council by- elections at Fourah in Freetown and  recently   the Biometric Voter Registration period .

 

The BVR period, as new as it was in the electoral dynamics of the country, generated high suspicions between political parties resulting to parallel registration which provoked a stern warning from the National Electoral Commission .  

With the stakes having become so high that political differences turn into highly volatile group clashes and conflicts, a year of multi tier elections now on hand, the prospects for a very peaceful election will seem sinister in any case.

 

The Political Parties Registration Commission in its drive to keep the Code of Conduct for Political Parties sacrosanct, she quickly desired on bringing together all certified political parties as well as other major stakeholders for a dialogue.

 

The two day Bintumani Conference brought all registered Political Parties, security sector institutions, the media, the National Electoral Commission as well as other major stakeholders to fully deliberate on those prospects which might want to hinder the progress for a smooth election. It was perhaps a moment for institutional reflections on how very peaceful elections can be conducted. The outcome of the conference produced a declaration which was signed by all political parties and other stakeholder institutions.

 

The Political Parties Registration Commission as part of the follow up mechanisms to the Conference will immediately convene a meeting of all signatories as a monitoring mechanism to the declaration.  

 

Click  to see report on PPRC stakeholders declaration.pdf       

   

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FACT FINDING MISSION TO GENDEMA COMPLETES ITS REPORT

On the 28th February 2012, a Fact Finding  Mission left Freetown for Gendema and the trip was facilitated by the United Nation Integrated Peace Support Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL).  The Mission was at the behest of H.E. The President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma after consultation with a cross-section of the leadership of the All People’s Congress (APC) Party and the Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP).  The PPRC Chaired and took leadership of the Mission.  The objective of the meeting included:

The full report has been submitted to the Office of the President.

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PPRC  GETS A DRAFT BILL ENTITLED: THE POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTRATION AND REGULATION COMMISSION BILL-2012

The above mentioned bill has been drafted for the Political Parties Registration Commission.  If passed into law, the PPRC will become the Political Parties Registration and Regulations Commission (PPRRC).  The draft bill has been formally submitted to the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.  The added value to the bill is that the Code of Conduct for Political Parties is now enforceable by law and the Commission will have powers to punish or sanction those found to initiate or perpetrate violence.

 

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CLIQUES, YOUTH GANGS AND TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ON NON-VIOLENCE

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) embarked on a number of engagement with youth groups in the Western Area including cliques and gang groups.  The focus was for the youth to come up with tangible recommendations and suggestions on how political violence and intolerance can be tackled.  Youth groups engaged include the Black Street Youth Family, the Youyi Building “Attaya Base” and cliques and gangs groups in the East End of Freetown.

In another engagement the Youth Affairs Unit in collaboration with students for Peace and Development organized a symposium at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology-MMCET at Congo Cross Campus.  The focus was students should be seen as role models in enhancing political tolerance and non violence, and should join the band wagon to extensively preach non violence.

The students realized the need to tolerate themselves as students irrespective of their divergent campus politics and such tolerance should be transmitted to the general society.

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NEWS BRIEFS FROM THE REGIONS

PPRC in collaboration with the International Foundations for Electoral Systems (IFES) inaugurates the District Code Monitoring Committee nationwide from the 27th February to the 7th March, 2012. The inauguration ceremony was geared towards publicizing the District code Monitoring committee to stakeholders in the electoral process and the public.

 

The PPRC in collaboration with IFES organized a one day DCMC (District Code Monitoring Committee) meeting for DCMC’s in all regions on the 24th January 2012. The Rationale is to evaluate the DCMC operations and strategize the way forward for the operations of the DCMC’s to examine existing  operational systems & processes and to strengthen the National and  District Code Monitoring Committee to own the process and work as a team  and  re-energize themselves for the 2012 elections;

 

An office space is now set for both the All Political Parties Youth Association (APPYA) and the All Political Parties Women Association (APPWA) in the Southern Region.

 

The Commission attends fort-nightly Political Party liaison committee meetings organized by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Issues that are related to political party activities are discussed and it is also a forum wherein NEC charts the way forward on electoral matters with stakeholders.

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INTRA PARTY DIALOGUE IN TONGO FIELD –EASTERN REGION

On Saturday 17th March, 2012, the Commission held an intra party dialogue between All Political Party district executive members in Kenema and all constituency executive members in constituency 14 in Tongo field.

The purpose of the meeting was to design a way forward for a peaceful conduct of the November 17 elections through dialogue in a bid to address the numerous violent complaints from Tongo field.

 

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PPRC TO REFORM ITS LAWS

The Commission in 2010, through the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated a legal reform project to develop recommendations for the reform of the Political Parties Act, 2002. An international legal consultant was hired to review and make recommendations with the view of bringing the political parties Act and the related constitutional provisions in line with international standards and best practices and also address gaps and ambiguities. Civil society organizations, political parties’ representatives, the press, the police and other key stakeholders were also called to a three day consultative meeting to make resolutions for the proposed amendments to the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the other relevant legislation and regulations.

A Technical Committee on the review of the Political Parties Act 2002 comprising PPRC Commissioners and staff, NEC and the Law Reform Commission Staff was set up to move the reform process forward. The inaugural meeting of the committee was on the 17th February 2012 at the law reform Commission conference room. The committee has since then been meeting thrice a week to review the PPRC Legal framework.

The Committee has completed its preliminary report on the review of the Political parties Act, 2002 and the draft report is with the Commission for its final review.

 

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PPRC ENGAGES CLIQUES, YOUTH GANGS AND TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ON NON-VIOLENCE

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Thursday 1st March 2012 organized a youth discussion forum targeting eight youth groups in the Western Area including cliques and gang groups.

 

The focus was for the youth to come up with tangible recommendations and suggestions on how political violence and intolerance can be holistically tackled. The Inspector General of Police, Francis A. Munu dilated on the Rule of Law and the significance of conforming to its set norms.

On 9th March 2012, the PPRC in collaboration with a gang group, the Black Street Youth Family and the Youyi Building Attaya Base organized a community sensitization debate on non violence and political violence.

 

The debate focused on youth unemployment. A synthesis was reached that youth unemployment is one of the factors of political violence, but not a major factor. Minimal level of awareness was agreed to be a major cause.  

On 10th March 2012, the PPRC in collaboration with APPYA (All Political Parties Youth Association) organized an interactive program with cliques and gang groups in the East End of Freetown.

 

These critical groups confessed that violence had been an integral part of their lives, and they have now known the significance of refraining from political violence and intolerance.

On 13th March 2012, the Youth Affairs Unit in collaboration with Students for Peace and Development organized a symposium at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology MMCET at Congo Cross Campus.

 

The focus was students should be seen as role models in enhancing political tolerance and non violence, and should join the band wagon to extensively preach non violence. The students realized the need to tolerate themselves as students irrespective of their divergent campus politics and such tolerance should be transmitted to the general society.  

 

 

ALL POLITICAL PARTY WOMEN ASSOCIATION (APPWA) ACTIVITIES

The All Political Parties Women’s Association APPWA Aspirant Profile Forum was officially launched by the first lady Sia N. Koroma on Thursday 8th March 2012 at the British Council in Freetown.

These fora will be used in profiling all intending female aspirants who will in turn benefit from training programmes that are geared towards building their competence and empowering them to face the political challenge.

 

In Commemoration of the International Women’s Day, on Monday 5th March 2012, the PPRC attended a National conference on the Gender Equality Bill at the British Council organized by Action Aid Sierra Leone. The Commission also attended a workshop on Media engagement on Violent Free Elections on the 6th March 2012, organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs.

 

The Women’s Wing of the APC, SLPP, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and PMDC has embarked on the drafting and dissemination of their Gender Policies in collaboration with the PPRC.

 

 

PPRC  MET WITH POLITICAL PARTIES

The PPRC on Thursday 29th February summoned a meeting with the leadership of all political parties at its Headquarters, Tower Hill, Freetown. The Commission briefed the meeting on progress made by the Technical Committee of the Law Reform Commission (LRC) on amendments made to the Political Parties Act.  

All party  representatives denounced political violence and suggested ways to minimize political violence.  However, the Commission will continue to engage political parties on their views to  minimize political violence. The views or suggestions of political parties will be forwarded to the Technical Committee of the LRC for consideration.   

 

Other issues discussed with parties relates to the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process and plans to conduct an inter-party dialogue on a date to be confirmed . The eight political parties invited to the meeting are the APC, CDP, NDA, PMDC, PLP, RUFP, UDM and the SLPP.  

 

 

PPRC MONITORS BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION (BVR) PROCESS

Between the 10th and 12th February 2012, PPRC monitored the conduct of political parties in the 2nd phase of the BVR process conducted by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). This was consistent with the Commission’s mandate to monitor the conduct of political parties. The following indicators guided the monitoring process:

 

 

Full details of the report will be released soon

 

 

NEC COMPLAINS APC & SLPP TO PPRC FOR PARALLEL REGISTRATION

On the 23rd January, 2012, PPRC’s attention was drawn to a press release issued by NEC on parallel voter registration by political parties. Subsequent to this, the Chair and Chief Electoral Commissioner of NEC filed a formal complaint to the PPRC on 7th February 2012 supported by evidence obtained from agents of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party and the Sierra Leone’s People’s Party (SLPP). In response, PPRC summoned an emergency Commission meeting on the 9th February, to discuss and take a decision on the complaint. An outcome of the Commission’s meeting was a decision to issue a press release urging political parties to restrain from parallel voter registration and furthermore, refrain from pursuing activities that may be inimical to the registration process and the rights and safety of the electors.

 

The Commission notes with satisfaction that agents of APC and SLPP have refrained from parallel voter registration country wide.   

 

 

LEGAL REFORMS FOR PPRC UNDERWAY

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has set up a Technical Committee to look at the Report Recommendations on the Legal Reforms of the Political Parties Act. The Technical Committee comprises PPRC, LRC, Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), Solicitor-General, Law Officers Department, UNIPSIL and NEC.