MRU Hails Sa/ Leone Elections
-As Peaceful and Orderly
The Mano River Union (MRU) has lauded Sierra Leone for successfully holding the just-ended Presidential, Parliamentary, Mayor, and Ward Councilor elections.
The MRU, a grouping of Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, described the polls as “generally orderly and peaceful without any significant incidents.”The MRU, which deployed 25 election observers for the March 7 polls, said it was “indeed a very big challenge to hold four elections at the same time,” noting that from all indications “we see this as a signal of the growing maturity of democracy in Sierra Leone.”
“I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the government and people of Sierra Leone for this milestone,” MRU Secretary General Medina Wesseh said in a preliminary report released by the Union in Freetown.
The MRU Secretary General Wesseh expressed the MRU’s confidence in the democratic future of Sierra Leone and other MRU Member States.
Deployment of the Observer Mission is in line with the revised 15th Protocol of MRU on Peace, Security, Defense, and Good Governance adopted by the Heads of State in June 2012 in Conakry, Guinea.
The report said the deployment of an Observation Mission is part of the key action of the MRU.
It said the March 7, 2018 poll was conducted in a free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible manner.
The MRU Mission is said to have observed the processes for the actual opening of polls, voting and closing procedures of the polls at the different polling centers visited across Sierra Leone.
The report also hailed Sierra Leone’s National Elections Commission (NEC) “for its leadership and the quality of the electoral operations.”
The sub-regional body also expressed appreciation to President Ernest Bai Koroma for his good work in upholding the tenets of democratic good governance.
“We want to assure that we will remain engaged until end of this process,” the MRU report said.