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Cablegate: Freetown Monitoring Plan for Presidential Election Run-Off

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SUBJECT: FREETOWN MONITORING PLAN FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RUN-OFF

1. (SBU) Sierra Leone will hold a run-off Presidential election on
Saturday, September 8, 2007 between APC candidate Ernest Koroma and
SLPP candidate Solomon Berewa. Post has devised a plan to monitor 8
of the 14 electoral districts on election day. Five monitoring
teams comprised of one to three Direct Hire Americans accompanied by
Locally Engaged Staff (LES) will travel upcountry to observe polling
centers. Five 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 Embassy.

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

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

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

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 (Jenny Bah): 011 232 76 647 522

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