The West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS) commends the people of Sierra Leone and the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) for conducting an election that was generally peaceful and calm.
WADEMOS urges all Sierra Leoneans to remain calm and patient and uphold democratic values as the ECSL prepares for the final declaration of the results.
The Network, however, calls on the ESCL to demonstrate transparency and the highest level of integrity in the tallying and declaration of results to increase public trust in the outcome of the polls as we move into the post-election phase.
Sierra Leone has held five national elections since the return to multi-party democracy in 2002, producing two electoral turnovers with power alternating between the governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) in 2007 and 2018, respectively. Hence, we urge all stakeholders, particularly security agencies, political parties, candidates, supporters, and the ECSL, to consolidate the democratic gains, uphold the peace and stability of the country, and refrain from violence in addressing election-related grievances.