The deputy Chief of Defence Staff and spokesman for the Defence Ministry, Brigadier Alfred C Nelson-Williams, yesterday disclosed the security apparatuses’ preparedness for the August 11 polls.
At a press conference held at Defence headquarters in Freetown, the Brigadier explained that the presidential and parliamentary elections were instruments of democratic governance that the military regarded with the highest esteem.
Brigadier Nelson-Williams stated that, “the military stands ready to give maximum support to the police force to ensure a smooth, violence-free, credible and peaceful enactment of these elections in consonance with the highest ideals of democratic governance”.
He added that, “the military being subject to constitutional authority is de jure a significant component of good governance.”
With regards to the elections proper, Brigadier Williams said RSLAF firmly understood its place within democratic Sierra Leone and that they were apolitical.
He revealed that the RSLAF would help with logistical support to the National Electoral Commission as well as serving as a standby force to assist the police within the bounds of military Aid to Civil Power.
Explaining the image of the military, Brigadier Nelson-Williams said “the military has come a long way since the end of the war and there is much dignity. The military is now not seen as a threat to democracy and is largely trusted by the people of Sierra Leone”.
On the discipline of the force, he stated that the military was friendly and law abiding, sharing a common desire with the local population to move the nation forward to development and prosperity.