The United Nations Peace Building Commission has asked the Government of Sierra Leone to announce the date in which elections are to be held in February 2018.
Senior UN officials in New York have asked the Government of Sierra Leone to postpone all activities that could delay the timely conduct of elections in February 2018. These activities include a referendum on the revised Constitution and constituency boundary delimitation.
The attention of the government was drawn to the fact that, some civil servants interested in running for elective positions and paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Funds would need to resign a year in advance of the elections. “Any delay in the announcement of the date for elections in line with constitutional deadline will not be in the best interest of the country”, a senior UN diplomat said.
Reports says the NEC (National Electoral Commission) has suggested a date, 4th February, 2018 to the government in which they will be able to conduct elections.
By law, it is only the head of state that is mandated to announce the date for elections, on the advice of NEC. NEC has fulfilled its own part, It is now left with the President to publish the election date, which is expected to be done soon.
Meanwhile, both the ruling and the main opposition parties have still not elected or chosen their standard bearers ahead of the February, 2018 polls.