Serajin Rollings Kamara, director of Democratic Sierra Leone (DSL), yesterday at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) conference hall in Freetown announced his organisation’s violence hot spot map.
He added that from June 27 to July 9, 125 Pause, Asses Listen, Solve (PALS) events were carried out in the 112 constituencies, and successfully trained over 7,000 stakeholders.
Mr Kamara noted that out of these events, ten constituencies proved to be spots with the possibility of violence; 15 with the very livelihood of violence were identified.
He pointed out that, “these spots are of grave concern to us and every stakeholder in the electioneering”, adding that “this is just about the August 11 elections, but more so, for subsequent ones 2008 local government election and those after”.
The director added that, “our effort was meant to zero down violence in the electioneering process…..this was very successful”.
Mr Kamara intimated that, “we are however concerned by the recent unhealthy development in the south–eastern region (Pujehun, Bo and Kono) involving members and supporters of political parties”.
“We strongly condemn these acts of violence and call upon every meaningful and nationalistic Sierra Leonean to make zero tolerance on conflict during these elections”.
Serajin Rollings Kamara called on all leaders of different political parties for the sake of peace, to make away with their present personal security force including ex-combatants and ex-service men.
Mr Kamara also called on the Sierra Leone Police to provide security, preferably the Operation Service Division (OSD) for these presidential aspirants.
They also appealed to all leaders of political parties and their respective members and supporters to encourage and promote peace and non–violence in the elections by copiously adhering to the PPRC Code of Conduct and employing our PALS methodology to the fullest.
The DSL director also counted on the police to be neutral and impartial and continue to execute their functions to the state without any interference, coercion, bias or intimidation.