According to provisions in Act No. 6 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, power and legitimacy belong to the people of Sierra Leone to occupy an elective office.
In recognition of this, the Parliament of Sierra Leone is organizing a Parliament Open Day for the first time in its evolving history to enhance citizens’ engagement in the legislative process and to promote a deeper understanding about the operations and functions of Parliament.
This is in line with Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan of Parliament aimed at making Parliament open, accessible, representative, inclusive, transparent and accountable to the citizens of Sierra Leone.
The Hon. Vice-President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh is the Guest Speaker and the Hon. Speaker and the Hon. Clerk of Parliament will give accounts of Parliament relating to Bills passed into law and funds received and expended by the Parliament of Sierra Leone for 2019; and development partners will also make statements about their support to Parliament to enhance democracy and good governance in the country.
During the course of the three days event, the citizens will have an opportunity to directly interface with Members and Staff of Parliament and ask questions about their duties in light of strengthening democracy in Sierra Leone; and there is high possibility for them to also witness live proceedings in the House.
The Parliament Open Day will take place at Tower Hill, Freetown from Monday 09th to Wednesday 11th December 2019. Radio discussions were held throughout the country by Staff of Parliament to raise awareness about Parliament Open Day; and extended an open invitation to the citizens and development partners to witness this three days memorable event in the precincts of Parliament.
The European Union, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Nations, Africell and Orange mobile companies are supporting Parliament to bring this Open Day to the citizens of Sierra Leone.