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EU Election team final report out in Sierra Leone

EU Election team final report out in Sierra Leone

Freetown, February 20 (SLENA): Today, Wednesday 20th February 2013, the European Union Election Observation Mission in Sierra Leone will deliver its final report on the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections which was held on November 17th 2012.

The report will be delivered this morning at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown by the Head of Mission Richard Howitt who is also a Member of Parliament of the European Parliament.

It would be recalled that immediately after the November 17th 2012 general elections in Sierra Leone Election Observer Missions from the African Union (AU), Cater Center, Commonwealth, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU) and Women’s Situation Room (WSR) wasted no time to deliver a joint statement in Freetown on the 21st November 2012.

The Election Observer Mission comprising of the AU, Cater Center, Commonwealth, ECOWAS, EU, and WSR headed by His Excellency, Dr. Amos Sawyer, His Excellency Rupiah Banda, Mr. Olora Otunnu, Air Vice-Marshall, Christian Edem Dovlo, Mr. Richard Howitt (MEP) and Ms. Barbara Bangura respectively.

They observed the voting and counting process across all fourteen electoral districts of Sierra Leone.

The Press Statement called on all stakeholders of the Sierra Leone electoral process to ensure that this peace and transparency continues to inform the remainder of this process. The joint statement further called on political party leaders to encourage their supporters to conduct themselves with the highest responsibility and urged all electoral stakeholders to respect the official election results announced by the National Electoral Commission with serenity and in full respect of the constitution of Sierra Leone and the democratic process.

The Obsevers Mission went on to appeal to all political parties and candidates to follow the legal process laid down in the constitution and the Electoral Code for the resolution of any disputes related to the election process because a special responsibility lies with the political leaders of Sierra Leone to continue to abide by their pre-election commitments to peace.

After this Joint Statement was delivered all the foreign election observers Mission then left the shores of Sierra Leone but the EU told Journalists that their final report will out sometime early 2013.

BP / SLENA

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