Posted by: APO | 4 June 2008

REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS – 4 June 2008

REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS

Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 4 June 2008

 

[Disclaimer: Excerpts below are from print media and news agency dispatches. UNIOSIL cannot vouch for the accuracy of the media reports].

 

US$ 21.3 million raised for Local Council Election

Awoko reports that the financial support received so far to the Local Government Election stands at a total of US$ 21.3 million. This includes 5.5 million pounds Sterling from the British Department for International Development (DFID); 3.7 million Euros from the European Commission; 1 million Euros from the Irish Aid (with additional million Euros pledged); US$ 500, 000 by the Norwegian Government; and a carry-over of unspent donations from 2007 from the Japanese Government amounting to US$700,000, while the Sierra Leone government’s contribution stands at US$ 3, 293, 517 managed directly by NEC. A steering Committee meeting of the Donor Basket Project in support of the election affirmed that preparations were on track.

 

NEC blamed for ward clashes

New Vision reports that the National Electoral Commission and its Chairperson, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, have been accused of causing the recently reported clashes and tensions in several electoral wards between supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress and those of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party that affected the just concluded voter registration prior to the holding of Local Council Election on 5 July. The accusers reportedly blamed the confusion on inadequate voter education on boundary delimitation; a situation that opposition Members of Parliament and Civil Society claimed to forestall when they condemned the way and manner that NEC conducted the delimitation process.

 

Opposition Leader vows never to return to SLPP

Leader of the opposition Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai has reportedly vowed never to make a come-back to the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), where he was a leading figure before defecting to form the PMDC. “How can I return to a party that is conservative and not open to modernization from which we defected?” the New Vision quotes him as telling a mammoth crowd in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, during a recent visit there.

 

RUF Defense frown at witness inducement

Concord Times reports that a motion filed by the defence lawyers of Issa Sesay, indicted former commander in the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) trial at the Special Court on Friday claimed that “the prosecution has provided improper benefits and inducements to witlessness in order to obtain testimony”. The motion further reportedly accused the Prosecution of buying testimony nearly two years after the conclusion of the prosecution’s case and few weeks before the conclusion of the trial. This, the defence argues, undermines the integrity of the trial.

 

(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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