The Assistant Inspector General of Police, (AIG) Richard Moigbeh, on Wednesday said they would take a new posture for the September 8 presidential run-off.
The AIG made this statement when he was addressing Civil Society members, political party representatives and community people in the Western Urban district at a meeting held at the YWCA hall at Brookfields, which was convened by the National Electoral Commissioner- Western Area Urban.
AIG Moigbeh said after the war there was complete reform of the police, and that they had sorted out their shortcomings. He said they also had the UNDP basket fund to provide resources to deploy their officers all over the country for the election.
“We have agreed in consultation with NEC to do deployment a day before polling so that this time voting will start on time,” the AIG informed.
He complained that they were policing in a democracy where there were checks and balances and other provisions bordering on human rights issues, and that the strict adherence to all of these added to their lapses.
“We are going to change our policing policy,” Moigbeh stated, adding that, “we will be robust, respectful but very firm upholding all the laws to the letter.”
AIG Moigbeh pointed out that, “the Sierra Leone Police have decided to face the upcoming elections with neutrality, impartiality, non partisan and professionalism”.
He assured that if any police officer was caught interfering with the election process he or she would be charged and tried in an open court.
AIG Moigbeh maintained that Sierra Leone had got a good accolade for the August 11 elections, which had also been described as one of the best in the world.
“So Sierra Leoneans should try to see that the run off be as peaceful as possible,” he cajoled.