National Returning Officer, Dr. Christiana Thorpe

Final Voters Register (FVR) 2012
Final Voters Register (FVR) for the 17th November 2012 elections is Two Million Six Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand Six Hundred and Thirty Five (2,692,635) Electronic copies of the FVR will be distributed to the political parties.

Paramount Chieftaincy Nominations 2012
Paramount Chieftaincy Nominations 2012 started from 29th September- 1st October 2012. There will be elections in only four districts-Kenema, Kono, Koinadugu and Bonthe Districts.

Local Council Nomination
The National Electoral Commission successfully conducted Nomination for Local Councils from 14th – 23th October 2012 with no reported case of objection to the nomination process. A total of 1,626 Candidates were nominated across the ten registered political parties, of which, 1,283 (79%) were male and 337(21%) were female (see attached).

Presidential and Parliamentary Nomination

All Political Parties and the general public are hereby informed that Thursday 4th October – Sunday 14th September 2012 is the period slated for nomination of Presidential and Parliamentary candidates. The nomination for Presidential candidates will be done at NEC Headquarters, Tower Hill and nominations for Parliamentary candidates will be in all NEC District Offices between 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM daily. During the nomination process, Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates are required to be accompanied by eight (8) representatives including three (3) nominators.

Training for potential candidates for Parliamentary nomination will be on Wednesday 3rd October 2012. All potential candidates are advised to contact their respective NEC district offices for more detailed information.

The timeline of nomination for Presidential and Parliamentary candidates is as follows:

Political Party


United Democratic Movement

Thursday 4th October 2012

United National Peoples Party

Friday 5th October 2012

Revolutionary United Front Party

Saturday 6th October 2012

Peoples Movement for Democratic Change

Sunday 7th October 2012

Sierra Leone Peoples Party

Monday 8th October 2012

Peoples Democratic Party

Tuesday 9th October 2012

National Democratic Alliance

Wednesday 10th October 2012

All Peoples Congress

Thursday 11th October 2012

Citizens Democratic Party

Friday 12th October 2012

Peace and Liberation Party

Saturday 13th October 2012

Independent (Parliamentary only)

Sunday 14th October 2012

Campaign Schedule
The Commission and political parties have drawn up campaign timetables for the 17th November 2012 elections. Electoral campaigns start from 17th October- 15th November 2012. November 16th 2012 will be cooling off day

Distribution of Unclaimed Voter ID Cards
Distribution of unclaimed voter ID Cards at NEC District Offices will end on Sunday 11th November 2012. Destruction of obsolete election materials including faulty voter ID Cards from the Exhibition process will take place on Saturday 20th October 2012 in all districts.


Dr. Christiana Thorpe
Chief Electoral Commissioner/Chairperson
National Returning Officer

About Othman Sheriff 347 Articles
Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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