The Office of National Security has in a press release condemned the actions of certain sections of the print media which they say has “the potential to adversely affect” the overall success of the elections.
The release disclosed that UNIOSIL has reported that “a member of the UN Electoral Assistant Team was accosted in Kailahun on the 3rd September 2007 by SLPP supporters,” and “it is believed that this sort of incident is attributable in part to irresponsible reporting by some sections of the media.”
The release noted that “such actions on UN Electoral Team Staff put at risk the UN assistance to the electoral process without which the electoral process will be much more difficult.”
While condemning the action, the National Security Council Coordinating Group called on “all political parties to take firm responsibility for the actions of their supporters nationwide and urge that they desist from these irresponsible behaviours.”
The release warned that the Police will “take very strong measures against violators” of the safety and security of all UN Electoral Team members and those of the National Electoral Commission.