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Mar 9, 2018

Sierra Leone votes in Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections © Lilah Gaafar/UNDP Sierra Leone

"I’m voting for a better Sierra Leone.”

In partnership with local NGOs, the National Electoral Commission provided voter education training across the Western Area for first-time voters like Fatima Bah.

From voting steps to who they would meet at polling stations, training reached almost 22,500 students and young people, and those trained acted as peer educators in their respective communities.

Fourth time voter, Rev. Dr. Rita Edna Ceaser exercised her right to vote on 7 March.

“Women’s participation in public life is critical for the country’s development.”

52% of registered voters in Sierra Leone are women. Arguably Sierra Leone’s most inclusive election, for the first time in the history of the county, the blind and visually impaired could vote without assistance.

The United Nations has supported every one of Sierra Leone’s national elections, since the end of civil war.

It supports the National Electoral Commission through the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with thanks to funding from its donor partners – Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Click here for more photos from polling day in Sierra Leone. 

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