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Sierra Leone: Civil society coalition rejects coup threats

Coalition of civil society organisations in Sierra Leone have rejected coup threats and inflammatory statements made by the presidential candidate of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio., following a violence that erupted after inconclusive general election.

This was contained in statement jointly signed by the Chairperson of the coalition, Marcella Samba Sesay; National Coordinator, James Lahai and the Spokesperson, Ngolo Katta.

The coalition urged all political party leaders in Sierra Leone to respect ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. Read the detailed statement below:

National Election Watch (NEW) as part of its media monitoring engagement has observed recent utterances of inflammatory statements in the media.

Our attention has been drawn to recent statements made by the presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, whilst responding to the party’s position relating to the recent interim injunction.

This was also followed by the statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of the SLPP, Lahai Lawrence Leema* on the “AYV on Sunday” TV program insinuating the possibility of a coup d’état in the event that the Run-off election did not take place on 27th March 2018.

NEW urges all political party leaders to respect the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance as stated in section 1: article 1 (b) “Every ascension to power must be made through free, fair and transparent elections” and (c) “Zero tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means”.

As we move to another critical stage of the electoral process; the Presidential Run- off, NEW reminds all and sundry that though there are issues to address in view of the conduct of the Presidential Run-off, it is incumbent that all stakeholders restraint themselves and dialogue their way to a successful conclusion of the electoral process.

National Election Watch (NEW) is a Coalition of Local and International Organizations in Sierra Leone with a common objective of supporting free, fair and peaceful elections. NEW will continue to observe the Electoral processes and report accordingly.


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