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FBC students portray political tolerance

FBC students portray political tolerance

Students of the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, (FBC) have portrayed high levels of political tolerance by observing their Students Union election for the second time in a very peaceful and transparent manner by casting their votes into the ballot box without fear and intimidation. An election which took place on Monday 7th June attracted supporters of both the presidential candidate Mr. Minkieluh Koroma and Francess Mark which went to the various polling stations as earlier as 6.30 a.m.

A reporter of this press who visited the college saw the electioneer process calm and transparent as students stood in their lines waiting the Commissioners to commence the voting exercise. However the election started at exactly 10:00 a.m. 

This reporter visited some of the polling stations and saw polling staff strictly busy attending to the students who came to vote. At the last election Police actively hovered around the campus to ensure that the students avoided violence.  However, yesterday it was ironic that students took up themselves to prints posters, flyers that cautioned students to say no to violence and yes to tolerance for peaceful for the 2010 FBC election. Students from various camps with their different ideologies sat together and chatted about the election in a constructive and peaceful manner.

On speaking with some police officers on campus, they expressed appreciation of the students positive behavior towards their election and the fact that no fighting and no rigging of the election took place; students comported themselves until the end of the election. The election peacefully ended around 6:00 p.m.

When interviewing students of the college, they expressed satisfaction about the election as they consider the election to be free and fair. Apparently yesterday’s election was chiefly organized by the students with no power from above support.

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