December 20, 2017 By Yusufu S. Bangura
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), in collaboration with All Political Parties Youth Association (APPYA) and the All Political Parties Women Association (APPWA) yesterday Monday December18th, 2017 launched the political parties’ codes of conduct for the coming March 7th 2018 general Elections.
Speaking during the ceremony at Miatta Conference Centre,Youyi Building, in Freetown, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Sunil Saigal, said the launching of the codes of conduct will help political parties and their leaders on how to behave during the electioneering period in the country.
He said all political party leaders should be careful and be very cautious when delivering speeches and urged them to be very tolerant with each other, adding that they as politicians have a huge responsibility in maintaining peace and order in the country.
In his statement also, Chief Electoral Commissioner,Nfa Alie Conteh, said elections would be tolerant and that the codes was also meant to guide parties.
‘’The Electoral Commission is ready to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections come March 7th 2018, but it is going to be determined by you the people of Sierra Leone,” he said.
The newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Richard Moigbeh, assured that the Sierra Leone Police was ready in position to provide vigilant security during the elections and called on Sierra Leoneans to stay away from political intolerance.
The police chief further noted that they were prepared to working with the code of conduct for the 2018 elections and disclosed that the police had started their planning since 2016 to support free, fear and peaceful elections.
Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission, Hon. Justice Patrick O. Hamilton, said since the PPRC code of conduct was established in 2006, the commission has been carrying out its functions through the regulation of different political parties’ activities across the country.
He said the purpose of the code of conduct was to guide the actions of all political parties in Sierra Leone before, during and after the elections; outlining the acceptable and non-acceptable actions by parties, candidates and their agents.
He further that they would help to facilitate conditions conductive to the conduct of free and democratic election within a climate of democratic tolerance in which political activities may take place without fear of coercion, intimidation or reprisals.
‘’The PPRC would at all times provide free, fair and peaceful elections in the country because Sierra Leone is bigger than all political parties, he said.