Motlanthe condemns Sierra Leone election violence

Sierra Leone pollfrom TETEH KAMARA in Freetown, Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, (CAJ News) – THE Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Sierra Leone, Kgalema Motlanthe, has decried election-related violence ahead of the country’s run-off presidential election.

Motlanthe, the former South African President, expressed dismay at the prevalence of the skirmishes that are increasingly become wide-spread across the country.

This  includes an incident that recently occurred in Bo City in which a staff member of the National Electoral Commission was severely injured.

“The Chairperson (Motlanthe) condemns such acts of violence which are inimical to the holding of democratic elections,” said a spokesperson.

He called on the candidates of All Peoples’ Party (APC) and the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) and their supporters to take immediate steps to avoid recurrence of such incidences.

“The Head of AUEOM would like to reiterate his earlier call to all Sierra Leone political stakeholders to refrain from acts and utterances that would undermine the credibility of the electoral process and the legitimacy of its outcome.”

General elections were held on March 7 to elect the President, Parliament and local councils.

Incumbent president, Ernest Bai Koroma, is not running for another term after serving ten years.

No presidential candidate received the 55 percent of the vote required to win in the first round, meaning a second round of voting will be held next Tuesday.

Julius of the SLPP won 43,3 percent of the vote while the ruling APC’s Samura Kamara secured 42,7 percent.
– CAJ News

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