Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the first woman to serve as Chief Electoral Commissioner in Sierra Leone is the proud recipient of this year’s International Foundation Electoral Systems’ Baxter Award.
The annual Baxter Award recognizes the contributions of election professionals whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of former IFES Senior Adviser for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter.
“Dr. Thorpe’s career proves difficult challenges to election administration and voter identity can be addressed and resolved in a professional manner when reasonable people are willing to work together. Her leadership in Sierra Leone is both aspirational and inspirational to all of us,” IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney noted.
A former nun, Dr Thorpe is the first female Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone. A role that often put her at the heart of controversy and sometimes up against political heavy weights. The Electoral Commission has been completely transformed during her tenure in a bid to match internatial standards.
“The Baxter Award confirms for me IFES’ belief in the democratic culture and walking that talk. I appreciate the recognition that well-administered elections play a great role in stabilizing otherwise fragile states by helping to sustain the peace so that development can take place after years of conflict,” said Dr. Thorpe.
Dr Thorpe will be given her award at a special reception scheduled for November 3, during IFES’ U.S. Election Program taking place in Washington, D.C. and attended by election practitioners from around the world.
Source: Sierra Express Media