Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) in Sierra Leone has encouraged the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to remain neutral and not to bow to any undue internal or external influence.
The local NGO made this remark in a press release issued Saturday stating that the transparency of the process is highly commendable, and wishing that it would continue.
They also called on all eligible voters to remain calm and disciplined, as we get ready for the runoff presidential poll, in the days running up to it and until and after the final results are announced.
The CGG coordinator Valnora Edwin noted that in a contest only one person wins, but the victory is for all Sierra Leonean regardless of political affiliations Adding that every body should endeavour to work with whoever wins, the CGG coordinator also urged Civil Society to keep up the momentum of civil participation even after the elections.
Noting that with more than 7% of votes being void, she advised the political parties to pay more attention to voter education this time around and also encourage the more than 20% of registered voters who did not vote during the August 11 polls to do so in the runoff slated for September 8.
The CGG statement condemned the widespread rumours and propaganda surrounding the process, as this will increase tension on the already tense political climate.
They are also calling on the media to be objective and live up to their mandate in providing balanced and accurate coverage on the elections
CGG finally urged the security forces to continue to remain neutral and impartial in the administration of their duties.