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Preamble: Taking part in the conduct of public affairs particularly through elections is a basic human right. HRCSL has the mandate as the National Human Rights Institution of Sierra Leone to promote and protect human rights of everybody.
HRCSL has been monitoring developments since 30th July, 2012 when the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the initial nomination fees for the 2012 elections; the reaction of political parties, civil society institutions and the public. HRCSL notes that the increases have been condemned by a vast majority of all registered political parties, the bulk of civil society and the public as exorbitant and unreasonable.
HRCSL wishes to state the following:-
HRCSL notes the following in the process of fixing and announcing of the nominations fees:
HRCSL wishes to point out that even as it is after the review by NEC, the increment:
Furthermore, HRCSL wishes to point out that the increases are against the following key international human rights instruments to which Sierra Leone is a party:
1. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Participation in political and public life
States Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others, and shall undertake to:
(a) Ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and be elected, inter alia.
2. Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Equality in Political and Public life at the national level
States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country and, in particular, shall ensure to women, on equal terms with men, the right:
(a) To vote in all elections and public referenda and to be eligible for election
to all publicly elected bodies;
3. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
a) To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen
b) To vote and be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal
and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors.
c) To have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in his country
Position of HRCSL
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