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Cablegate: Freetown Monitoring Plan for July 5 Local Elections

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PP RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHFN #0315 1841133
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 021133Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY FREETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2014
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS FREETOWN 000315

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W, INR/AA (BGRAVES)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KDEM ASEC SL
SUBJECT: FREETOWN MONITORING PLAN FOR JULY 5 LOCAL ELECTIONS

1. (SBU) Sierra Leone will hold local elections on Saturday,
July 5, 2008. Post has devised a plan to monitor 8 of the 14
electoral districts on election day. Six monitoring teams
comprised of one to three Direct Hire Americans accompanied
by Locally Engaged Staff will travel upcountry to observe
polling centers. Ten teams will observe polling centers
locally in Freetown. The teams will record and communicate
their observations to Embassy personnel staffing the
Operations Center in the Chancery.

2. (SBU) Monitoring teams will visit voting centers in the
following areas:

Northern Province:
--Bombali District: Makeni
--Port Loko District: Port Loko, Masiaka, Lunsar

Southern Province:
--Bo District: Bo
--Pujehun District: Pujehun

Eastern Province:
--Kenema District: Kenema
--Kono District: Koidu

Western Province:
--Western District: Urban: Freetown
--Western District: Rural: Waterloo, Hastings, Songo

3. (SBU) Contact Information for Embassy POCs:

Embassy Operations Center: Cellular Numbers
1) 011 232 76 673 175
2) 011 232 76 663 307

Embassy Operations Center: Landlines
1) 011 232 22 515 330
2) 011 232 22 515 331

RSO (Bryan Scruggs): 011 232 76 616 619

Pol/Econ Officer (Amy LeMar): 011 232 76 616 609
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