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Sierra Leone.svgDiaspora Sierra Leoneans to vote in 2012?

 

A news item that caught my attention recently is the one that says the Sierra Leone government is thinking of providing the modalities for Sierra Leoneans living in the diaspora to be able to vote in the next elections scheduled for 2012.

That is a big commitment from the government, as such a project would cost a tidy sum of money, most of it going to the latest information technology on the market. But it would be money well spent as diaspora Sierra Leoneans need to play a bigger role in the affairs of the country. I am referring to those Sierra Leoneans that refuse to turn their backs on the land of their birth, those who, as our people say, do not automatically become fish just because they find themselves in water.

Sierra Leoneans living and working or studying abroad should not only have a say in how their country is run; they should be directly involved in its development process and not leave it solely in the hands of governmental and non-governmental organizations from the West. Sierra Leone will soon be 50 years old. She should be able to put her house in order by now, all things being equal.

The Sierra Leone government says it’s ready to work with Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora for the advancement of the country. Yes, that’s a nice sentiment but I would like the government to consider the following to make that dream a reality:

1. Get the Office of Diaspora Affairs back on track. Currently most Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora do not know who heads this very important government agency and don’t care. Why? Because they say they were never consulted when that appointment was made. They want to be consulted on the selection or appointment processes of the agency that’s going to deal directly with them. This may sound puerile or naive, but it’s not. They want people they can relate to, people they know, understand and can work with. This is their agency, right?

2. Each embassy or diplomatic mission should have an official responsible for matters dealing with diaspora affairs, working with the ODA in Freetown. Employment and volunteer opportunities back home, especially those requiring highly skilled personnel, should be published and prominently displayed on each embassy’s website. It seems to me that some of our embassies are more concerned about foreign investors (treated like kings and queens) and visa fees than anything else. Sierra Leoneans abroad often complain about the bad treatment they receive at some of their embassies.

3. Of course the external voting exercise, if the government pulls it off, would be a massive public relations coup. A lot of Sierra Leoneans abroad want to vote, want to at least have an influence on who gets elected in our country. Their votes can indeed help to determine the ultimate winners and losers. Guineans and other Africans abroad have been voting in their countries’ elections for a number of years now. Sierra Leoneans are still dreaming about it. Something must be done. Fast.

Source : www.thepatrioticvanguard.com

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Algérie Arabe, Berbère            
Angola Kimbundu, Umbundu, Siope
Bénin Fon, Yoruba, Gun, Mina, BA’Atonou,

Dendi, Ditammari et Yom
Botswana Setswana
Burkina Faso Mossi, Dioula, Peul
Burundi Kirundi, Swahili
Cameroun Bassa, Bamoun, Fang, Fulani
Cap Vert Criuolo
RCA Sangho, Arabe, Hausa, Swahili
Tchad Sara, Arabe
Comores Shikomoro
RDC Swahili, Lingala, Ishiluba, et Kikongo
Congo Lingala, Kikongo
Côte d'Ivoire Baoule, Bete, Senoufo, Dioula
Djibouti Arabe, Afar, Somali
Egypte Arabe, Nubian
Guinée Equatoriale Fang, Bubi, Créole
Erythrée Afar, Bilen, Kunama, Nara, Arabe, Tobedawi, Saho,
Tigre, Tigrinya
Ethiopie Amharic, Oromigna, Tigrigna
Gabon Fang, Myene, Bateke, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
Gambie Manding, Wolof, Diola, Fulani
Ghana Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Twi, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Dagbani
Guinée Malinké, Susu, Fulani
Guinée-Bissau Criolo, Fulani, Manding, Pepel, Balante
Kenya Swahili
Lesotho Sesotho; Zulu and Xhosa
Libéria Mende
Libye Arabe
Madagascar Malgache
Malawi Chichewa
Mali Bambara, Songhai, Fulani, Arabe, Senoufo,
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Mauritanie Hassania, Arabic, Wolof, Soninke, Fulani
Maurice Creole, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bojpoori
Maroc Arabe, Berbère
Mozambique Changana, Ndau, Makonde
Namibie Oshivambo, Herero, Nama, Afrikaans
Niger Hausa, Songhai, Arabe, Fulani
Nigeria Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani
Rwanda Kinyarwanda
RASD Hassania, Arabe
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Sénégal Wolof, Fulani,Serer, Diola, Manging, Sarakolé
Seychelles Seselwa
Sierra Leone Mende, Temne, Krio
Somalia Somali, Arabic
Afrique du Sud Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Sesotho sa
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Soudan Arabe, Nubien, Dinka, Masaleet Shuluk, Nueer,
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Swaziland Swazi
Tanzanie Swahili
Togo Ewé, Mina, Kabyé, Cotocoli
Tunisie Arabe
Ouganda Swahili, Luganda, Ateso, Luo
Zambie Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja,
Tonga
Zimbabwe Ndebele, Shona

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