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IEC unveils plans on key electoral reforms

A validation workshop funded under the European Union support to Ecowas peace, security and stability programme was recently undertaken by the Independent Electoral Commission.

The workshop held at the Paradise Suites Hotel was attended by chiefs, political parties, CRC and NCEE representatives, chairpersons of local governments and other interest groups.

Among the topics in the position paper tabled at the meeting were constituency demarcations, registration of voters, nomination, campaign, political finance and media, voting and counting and declaration of elections results.

The IEC Chairman, Alieu Momarr Njai said the IEC conducted series of meetings with stakeholders in the electoral process to contribute in the ongoing electoral reform process in each of the administrative regions.

“Due to the gaps in the existing electoral laws particularly the Election Act, the need for electoral reforms is indeed imperative.

The next cycle of electoral activities cannot be efficiently conducted without the appropriate reforms in electoral laws,” he said.

He urged political parties to actively work through the inter-party committee to foster peaceful co-existence among all parties.

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