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“I want no drop of blood on Election Day”

…Maada Bio tells PPRC

January 17, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquoi

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BIO: wants a bloodless transition

While signing the Code of Conduct for the 2018 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections, presidential candidate for the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio reiterated that he is a peaceful citizen who has always pursued peace and stability in the country. He also urged his supporters and members of the SLPP not to engage in any activity that could lead to bloodshed before, during and after the elections.

Bio further underscored that he would want to see March 7 elections day very peaceful without any calamity with a potential of bringing the county to a standstill and suffering to the people.

“I am very gladdened to be here this morning and to sign the code of conduct for political parties, candidates and supporters. I am looking forward to see an election day like any other day in this country. I don’t want to see a single drop of blood as a result of political violence. I will cascade this information to members of the SLPP so that peace will reign during and after elections,” he said, adding that the SLPP wants the elections to be democratic, free, fair and credible and that PPRC should monitor the process.

While handing over the code of conduct to Mr. Bio, Chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), retired Justice Patrick Hamilton said the signing of the code of conduct by political party leaders was significant as it would guide the peaceful conduct of party members and supporters.

The retired Supreme Court Judge said Sierra Leone belongs to every political player and that elections are meant to shape the democratic process in the country and not to create violence that will disturb peace and stability of the country.

“I will now ask you to come and sign this document for the free, fair and credible election that will be internationally acceptable. You have been part of the peace process of this country. I hope you will continue to maintain the peace of Sierra Leone,” he told Mr. Bio.

Political violence, especially during elections, is commonplace in Sierra Leone. This could well be the reason why political party representatives in the country are being urged to sign a code of conduct aimed at facilitating a conducive environment for Sierra Leoneans to vote political party and leaders of their choice without any violence on March 7.

The code of conduct is expected to  guide the actions of all political parties before, during and after elections, facilitate conditions necessary to the conduct of free fair and democratic elections within a climate of democratic tolerance in which political activities may take place without fear of coercion, intimidation or reprisals.