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U.S. announces $4.4m support for Sierra Leone election

U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover, has announced a financial support of 4.4 million dollars for 2018 elections in the African country, a local media report said on Thursday.

Hoover, who would soon complete his term in Sierra Leone, made the announcement during a news
conference in Freetown on Wednesday.

He said “we are providing 4.4 million dollars indirect support for Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections.”

The U.S. embassy said most of the support would be in the form of supporting voter sensitisation, public order management and other activities.

Hoover’s successor, Maria Hill Briwa, explained rgar the support was part of U.S. commitment to democracy in the region.

“This is part of our support for growing democracies in Africa,” Amb. Briwa said.

The support came as a huge boost to the government of Sierra Leone, considering the shortage of fund for the National Electoral Commission.

NAN/Vanguarg


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