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Sierra Leone/Electoral Commission - 2002-05-03

A member of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission says his group has performed well in educating the electorate about the District Block System. Alhaji Musa King was responding to complaints by opposition parties that the commission’s record in this regard is inadequate.

He told VOA's English to Africa service the District Block System was introduced to replace the Constituency System for the May 14th general elections for two reasons: the lack of reliable figures to demarcate the constituent boundaries and the dislocation of large numbers of people during the country’s nine-year civil war.

Under the new system, all districts -- whatever their size -- will be allocated eight seats, plus one paramount chief to be nominated by the district representatives. The fourteen districts will be represented by 112 members in the legislature.