June 2022

Sierra Leone: Proposed voter registration requirements may exclude thousands of eligible voters

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman Members of Parliament (MPs) in Sierra Leone are proposing legislation that could affect thousands of votes ahead of next year’s general elections. The proposed new public elections law would replace the 2012 Public Election Act, a ten-year old law governing the conduct of public elections …

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Sierra Leone:Chief Justice, 60 others owe Le5.09 billion in withholding taxes on rent allowances

Sierra Leone’s Chief Justice, Desmond Babatunde Edwards (PIN#102462) and 60 other political appointees did not pay withholding taxes on rent allowances paid to them in the four years of the Maada Bio administration. Africanist Press discovered that the cumulative rent allowances paid to the listed 60 political appointees between June 2018 and December 2021 alone …

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Press freedom groups call for investigation into death threats against Africanist Press editors

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Sierra Leone authorities to cease their harassment of the Africanist Press news site and its publisher, Chernoh Alpha Bah, and should investigate the death threats against him, On May 4, Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security (ONS), a federal security agency, submitted a complaint to the Independent …

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