Campaigns Begin Today
The National Electoral Commission’s (NEC) prescribed date for the commencement of political parties campaign for the November 17th polls is today 17th October, though unofficially campaigning seems to have started a long time ago.
Instead of ten political parties vying for the staff, its now nine due to the NDA’s saga which eventually kicked them out of the political race as the party’s presidential flag bearer and running mate could not be nominated by the National Electoral Commission’s time frame.
With nine political parties remaining, the question of who will control the lion’s share of 2,695,635 eligible votes arises. The fact remains that not all eligible votes will be cast due to unforeseen circumstances, and considering the crowd that came out in Freetown on nomination days of the two main political parties in Sierra Leone it is strongly bizarre as the capital’s registered voters is barely over 600,000.
We are anticipating a peaceful, free and fair elections come November 17, so Sierra Leoneans must maintain the peace during the campaign period by deviating from violence and other electoral malpractices all in the interest of our nation.
Youths must stay away from the clutches of drowning politicians that have the tendency to incite violent activities all in the name of maintaining their grip in parliament.
European Union (EU) Observers are in the country to monitor the elections and the International Criminal Courts (ICC) radar has long been focused on Sierra Leone to monitor crimes against humanity; and with the persistent and clarion non-violence campaign that is going on, compatriots are expected and are also advised to stay away from violence and electoral fraud in order to avoid the consequences.
Accepting the results of the election by the NEC is what we must do as civilized people and look forward to a better Sierra Leone for everyone.
Violence is not a solution; as we proved it in 2007 we must do same come 17 November 2012.
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