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  • Thursday, 25 July 2024
86 Issues Raised Before Tripartite Committee

86 Issues Raised Before Tripartite Committee

Sierra Leone’s Chief Minister, David Moinina Sengeh, announced that the Tripartite Committee has identified 86 issues and agreed on 169 recommendations. Serving as the Chief Negotiator for the Agreement for National Unity, he joined APC Leader Dr. Samura Kamara on June 18, 2024, for an expanded Tripartite Committee meeting to review their progress, just one day before the committee's initial six-month mandate expired.


The Tripartite Committee was established following Sierra Leone’s disputed 2023 elections to review the election results, certification processes, observer reports, and the Public Elections Act of 2022. This committee originated from a communiqué signed between the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC), in October last year. The formation and operations of the committee were facilitated by international mediation, including contributions from the Commonwealth, African Union, and ECOWAS, with the U.S. government providing $1.5 million in support.


Despite these efforts, there has been growing public and journalistic concern over the committee’s lack of communication and transparency. No media representatives have been present during its deliberations. Initially, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) was expected to be part of the committee. However, the opposition APC objected, and the ruling SLPP supported their exclusion, leading to a scarcity of real-time updates on the committee’s activities. This has fostered public suspicion and a perception of secrecy.


In a related development, the APC announced on June 18, 2024, its decision to resume participation in the Tripartite Committee despite ongoing challenges and allegations of non-cooperation from the SLPP government and the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL).



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