NEC & Four Political Parties Boycott Inter-Religious Council Call
The National Justice and Peace Commission, Inter-Religious Council, Sierra Leone Outreach, and Capacity Building Project funded By UNIPSIL and UNDP on Wednesday September 26th, concluded a one day National Consultative Conference on the electoral process with stakeholders at the Miata Conference Hall, Brookfields, Freetown.
The National President of the Inter-Religious Council, Usman Fornah spoke about the purpose of the National Consultative Conference, saying that the Conference is geared towards fostering and strengthening the peaceful co-existence of the country and continued that the culture of tolerance by political parties at all levels in the country, to hold a peaceful, free, fair and credible non-violent elections scheduled for November 17.
He said that the conference is also geared towards engaging stakeholders to fully commit them to ward off any potential threat before and after elections.
He noted that IRCSL is also in collaboration with the Catholic Mission, Justice and Peace National Consultative Conference Commission theme for this conference to Promote Non-Violence and a Credible National Election.
Making official commitment to the conference the representative from the different stakeholders such as Paramount Chiefs, Political Parties like the RUFP, NDA, UDM, PMDC, PDP, and the SLPP made their commitment towards a non-violent elections come November 17. However, other state security apparatus like the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Office of National Security (ONS), promised to direct their resources in seeing a peaceful election.
Also talking on this occasion was National Election Watch (NEW) representative National Coordinator, James Lahai who described the initiative as a laudable venture in the right direction, adding that their mandate is to observe and monitor elections at all levels in the country. According to the Coordinator they had trained over 250 observers across the country, who are called Long Term Observers (LTO), and the Media.
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