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NEW condemns Inflammatory Statements from Political Leaders

NEW condemns Inflammatory Statements from Political Leaders

National Election Watch (NEW) as part of its media monitoring engagement has observed recent utterances of inflammatory statements in the media.

Our attention has been drawn to recent statements made by the presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, whilst responding to the party’s position relating to the recent interim injunction.  This was also followed by the statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of the SLPP, Lahai Lawrence Leema on the “AYV on Sunday” TV program insinuating the *possibility of a coup d’état* in the event that the Run-off election did not take place on 27th March 2018.

NEW urges all political party leaders to respect the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance as stated in section 1: article 1 (b) “Every ascension to power must be made through free, fair and transparent elections” and (c) “Zero tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means”.

As we move to another critical stage of the electoral process; the Presidential Run- off, NEW reminds all and sundry that though there are issues to address in view of the conduct of the Presidential Run-off, it is incumbent that all stakeholders restraint themselves and dialogue their way to a successful conclusion of the electoral process.

National Election Watch (NEW) is a Coalition of Local and International Organizations in Sierra Leone with a common objective of supporting free, fair and peaceful elections. NEW will continue to observe the Electoral processes and report accordingly.


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