Voter Education and Public Relations Officer, National Electoral Commission, Sierra Leone
Focus: Reducing Divisive Effects of Competition, Elections
Topics: Voter Registration, Training, Recruitment, Election Security, Election Schedules, Boundary Delimitation/Districting
Keywords: voter registration, voter fraud, voter education, vote counting, UN policies, training, staff performance, rural voter registration, results declaration, registration audit, recruitment, polling supplies, monitoring, media relations, enfranchising marginalized groups, election security, election schedule, election management body, donor relations, dispute resolution, communications, codes of conduct, boundary delimitation
Interviewer(s): Ashley McCants
Country of Reform: Sierra Leone
Location: Bo District, Sierra Leone
Date: Tue Jul 29 2008
Alex Paila discusses various aspects of national and local election management in Sierra Leone during 2007 and 2008. These areas include the recruitment, training, evaluation and monitoring of election staff; election security; voter registration, audits and curtailment of voter fraud; information dissemination, media relations and enfranchisement of marginalized groups; and financial and logistical constraints and concerns. He also emphasizes cooperation with community-based civilian organizations as key for information dissemination and higher voter turnouts, and he stresses relations with international organizations to improve workers’ training and monitoring, and secure funding. Paila also speaks about the issues of districting and determining electoral timetables. Finally, he reflects upon some of the challenges faced by Sierra Leone during the elections in 2007 and 2008, as well as possible hurdles that the country may face in the future.
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Alex Paila Interview
At the time of the interview, Alex Paila was the voter education and public relations officer at the National Electoral Commission in Sierra Leone. Prior to that, he worked as a journalist for various newspapers, including the Ceylon Times and the Spectator. He was also employed, first as a reporter and then as deputy news editor, at the Sierra Leone Broadcast Service. Paila holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.