The Evangelical Church Development Service (EED), an international observer mission in a report released after the August 11 elections, stated that “[the elections] were free and credible”
The report pointed out that despite minor problems; the elections were carried out in a transparent generally peaceful way. The team of international observers from Germany visited 57 polling centres in Freetown Urban. Bo, Kailahun, Bombali and Tonkolili districts.
This international observer mission came under the auspices of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone which also fielded 607 observers in all the 14 districts in the country. They covered 98.8% of the total of 6,171 polling stations.
The Council developed a checklist to sought answers to some salient questions which are very critical to free, fair, peaceful and transparent election.
The Council also pointed out that although it received other anecdotal reports, the analysis was mainly based on what their observers both local and international could verify.
Joseph Y Konteh, CCSL’s first vice president announced that, “from these reports there were no systematic or serious electoral malpractices, irregularities that compromised the outcome of the results.”
He pointed out that in the opinion of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone the August 11 elections met international standards of free, fair, peaceful, transparent and therefore credible elections.
They also noted that a final, more comprehensive and detailed report containing recommendations would be ready by mid September 2007.