President Ernest Bai Koroma has in a nationwide broadcast over state radio called for the observance of a “violence free” local council elections.
The President said “I encourage you to support your candidates but, at the same time, avoid harming others in the process, before, during and after the elections”.
He further appealed that “on election day, let us cast our votes in earnest and wait for the results in peace and tranquillity, so that the gains we have made in our democratic development will not be unnecessarily reversed.”
President Koroma warned that “in appealing to you to remain calm and composed during the election process, we shall not hesitate to ask the security forces to treat seriously any breaches of the peace or incidences of violent conduct”.
“I want to emphasize that voting for Local Government Officials, namely, Mayor, City Council members, District Council Members in the 394 Wards is one of the most important responsibilities you will undertake this weekend” he noted, pointing out that “the world will be watching to see if we can maintain the high standards of conducting credible and fair elections as demonstrated in August and September 2007”.