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NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy
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NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

By Musa Kamara

The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) whilst observing the International Day of Democracy (September 15th) with theme, “Strengthening Democratic Resilience in the Face of Future Crisis,” has on Tuesday, September 21st 2021, launched a report on “The State of Democracy in Sierra Leone,” and with other 2 policy briefs.

The report was launched at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown by Ambassador Mohamed Foday Yumkella- Minister of Political and Public Affairs, on behalf of the Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.

In his statements on behalf of VP Jalloh, Minister Yumkella said the report on “The State of Democracy in Sierra Leone,” and the 2 policy briefs on “Promoting Political Tolerance in Sierra Leone” and “the Barriers and Challenges to Parliamentarians Engagement with their Constituents, shed lights on the significant role of research in provoking policy decisions that have repercussions on the consolidation of democratic good governance.

He noted the vital role of NCD in promoting democratic good governance and he cited some of the following from the report: 94% of Sierra Leoneans are calling for leaders to be elected through open, regular and honest elections; and the research shows, higher degree of freedom of speech and press freedom than ever before.  

He recalled that the UN General Assembly in 2007 set aside the International Day of Democracy (IDD): to reflect on the state of democracies across the world.

The Minister mentioned that, Section 5 (1) Act No. 6 of the 1991 Constitution, underscored democracy as the country’s governance architecture and he stated also that in order to strengthen the country’s democratic resilience in the face of crisis, hard work is what it takes- in addressing all forms of disasters, citing; the establishment of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) - to respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Minister Yumkella stressed on deepening democracy and upholding democratic tenets that speak on representative government, fundamental human rights, checks on government and participatory engagements, and the like.

“We have come a long way in the context of democratic good governance, and we must acknowledge that we have a long way to go in reaching our democratic promised land,” he added.   

In her welcome remarks, Marian Angela Samu who is the Acting Chair of NCD said, NCD has always played part in the global commemoration of IDD - as it accords the opportunity to reflect on Sierra Leone’s democracy.

She informed that, “Deepening Sierra Leone’s Democracy: Prospects and Challenges,” happened to be this year’s local theme, and she assured that the Commission is strongly committed to such.

She disclosed that since the 15th of September 2021, NCD has undertaken series of activities directed on observing the IDD and such activities cut across media engagements, amongst others.

Madam Samu called on all to make sincere commitments that propel what she described as “the frontiers of our democracy,” which assures democratic good governance.

Statements were also made by other stakeholders that include, Dr. Charles Silver- Executive Chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM-SL Secretariat).  

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