The national electoral bodies of Liberia and Sierra Leone have signed a communiqué to remain committed to continuous engagement among others.
In the joint communiqué signed 9 July 2021 in Monrovia, Liberia, both Sierra Leone-NEC and Liberia-NEC noted that in recognition of the shared cultural and governance systems and structure between the two countries, and appreciating the years of bilateral supports between Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Communiqué further serves to communicate commitment by the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Liberia and the National Electoral Commission of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
That the two Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) commit to a continuous engagement, support and sharing of expertise to strengthen collaboration on Electoral processes for maximum performance between the two EMBs, according to the 9 July Communiqué, which indicates that both institutions commit to the use of generic election materials to facilitate easy sharing of election materials.
The communiqué adds that further discussions are to be held in due course with the aim of actualizing commitments made by both institutions and will be climaxed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Liberia-NEC and Sierra Leone-NEC.
Madam Davidetta Browne-Lansanah, chairperson of Liberia-NEC signed for her institution, while her Sierra Leonean counterpart, Mr. Mohamed Kenewui Konneh signed on behalf of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone
The Friday, 9 July 2021 joint communiqué was singed following the end of a four-day working study tour in Liberia of an eight-member NEC-Sierra Leone, to promote integration of Elections Management Body in the Mono River Union Region.
The 8-member NEC-Sierra Leone delegation held discussions with a number of elections stakeholders in Liberia, including the Governance Commission (GC), National Identification Registry (NIR), political parties, and civil society groups.
The NEC-Sierra Leone delegation also held discussion with Liberia’s Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.