The EU welcomes the peaceful holding of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone on 11 August 2007. These elections are an important step towards the consolidation of peace and democracy in a region that until recently has suffered from violent conflicts. The EU congratulates the people of Sierra Leone for an orderly election and the National Electoral Commission, for its capable leadership in their organisation. The EU will follow closely, depending on the electoral results, the second round of the presidential election in the country, if a second round is needed.
The EU electoral observation mission on the ground attested that these elections were generally well administrated, peaceful and competitive. The EU will continue to follow closely the post-election period in the country and expresses its hopes that Sierra Leone will conclude this electoral process in peace and in respect of the democratic principles. The EU calls on all parties and supporters to await the certified results patiently and exercise tolerance upon their announcement, and to resolve any disputes which arise according to established legal mechanisms.
Together with ECOWAS and the UN, the EU will continue to engage for a peaceful and prosperous future in Sierra Leone.