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PPRC to reform its laws

The Commission in 2010, through the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated a legal reform project to develop recommendations for the reform of the Political Parties Act, 2002. An international legal consultant was hired to review and make recommendations with the view of bringing the political parties Act and the related constitutional provisions in line with international standards and best practices and also address gaps and ambiguities. Civil society organizations, political parties’ representatives, the press, the police and other key stakeholders were also called to a three day consultative meeting to make resolutions for the proposed amendments to the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the other relevant legislation and regulations.

A Technical Committee on the review of the Political Parties Act 2002 comprising PPRC Commissioners and staff, NEC and the Law Reform Commission Staff was set up to move the reform process forward. The inaugural meeting of the committee was on the 17th February 2012 at the law reform Commission conference room. The committee has since then been meeting thrice a week to review the PPRC Legal framework.

The Committee has completed its preliminary report on the review of the Political parties Act, 2002 and the draft report is with the Commission for its final review.

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